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VOL. 46 JANUARY. 1999 : No. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 

Our God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come; 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal home: 

Under the shadow of Thy throne, 
Thy saints have dwelt secure; 
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, 
And our defense is sure. 

Before the hills in order stood, 
Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, 
To endless years the same. 

A thousand ages in Thy sight, 
Are like an evening gone; 
Short as the watch that ends the night, 
Before the rising sun. 

Thy word commands our flesh to dust, 
"Return, ye sons of men!" 
All nations rose from earth at first, 
And turn to earth again. 

The busy tribes of flesh and blood, 
With all their lives and cares, 
Are carried downward with the flood, 
And lost in following years. 
Isaac Watts 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


When we were boys, we used to talk about what it would 
be like in the eighties or nineties, and now we know. In any 
age, to be alive is a priceless privilege, a gift from God. Life is 
the best of God's gifts to us. How are we using it? A giver has 
an interest in how his gift is being used. God has that 
interest in our use of His gift of life in 1999. 

In one sense, life is time and opportunity. Opportunity 
implies choice and responsibility. These are serious words. 
Free choice is the ultimate freedom. The animals don't have it. 
Neither, in some ways, do prisoners, children of troubled 
homes, or victims of crippling illness and insanity. But for most 
of us, I can imagine no higher order than to be given freedom of 
choice. Not only does God allow us to choose, He gives us 
counsel and support to make wise choices. 

1999 offers time for right choices. The world cautions us to 
beware and prepare for a future here. Time is running out on 
our natural resources. Y2K threatens upheaval in the financial 
and social order of things. To meet these and other 
emergencies, the world warns, "Stockpile food; prepare 
alternate energy sources; get ready to defend your rights and 
preparations from those who failed to prepare for the coming 
catastrophes." But John tells us to "Love not the world." Jesus 
said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what 
ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is 
not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? . . . But 
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all 
these things shall be added unto you." 

So Jesus' counsel is to place first priority on the Kingdom 
and our fitness for it. 1 999 is the time for these concerns. Now 


is our opportunity, and it is the only time we have. The 
adversary has always tried to sidetrack God's people from duty 
and to substitute false values for the true. God not only has 
given us the freedom of choice, but He gives us information on 
what the best choices are. We are not like a possum stepping 
blindly into a well-concealed trap. True, people traps are very 
cleverly laid and concealed by an expert trapper. But God in 
His Word has exposed the traps and told us exactly where to 
step to avoid them. When we go our own way, we are indeed 
like the possum, but if we take God's counsel, we can walk 
safely, and 1999 can be a year of priceless opportunity to make 
good choices. 

Isaiah (1:16,17) cries out, "Wash you, make you clean; put 
away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to 
do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the 
oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." God 
knows our weaknesses and how utterly impossible it is for us to 
do well on our own, but He adds: "Come now, and let us 
reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, 
they shall be as wool." This He has accomplished by the 
sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary's cross. When we come to Him in 
faith and obedience, He will wash us, give new life, and allow 
us to serve Him without condemnation. This can happen now 
in 1999. We may not have the whole year. We may not have 
tomorrow. But we have the present. Now is the day of 
salvation. Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your 

Freedom to choose to do right. Freedom to become sons 
and daughters of God. What more could we ask? — L.C. 


"Fear not," says our Savior King 

As we pass this year. 

1999 will bring 

To His children cheer. 


Do we fear tomorrow's test? 
Is our faint heart weak? 
Does our faith oft fail to rest 
In our Savior meek? 

Draw near to the Savior's side; 
Fear not Y2K; 

He will guard whate'er betide; 
He gives strength today. 

Will He come in '99? 
Is that great time near? 
Yes, the fig tree is the sign; 
See, the leaves appear. 

He will gather all His sons 
To His home on high. 
Fear not then, beloved ones; 
Our salvation's nigh. --L.C. 


Some people cringe at it. Some ignore it. Some people 
crave it. Some despise it. Some people accept it. Some rebel. 
How do you respond to change? That can depend on many 

We recently relocated; we moved. We changed many 
things. The first phase of moving was with anticipation. The 
actual phase was with anxiety. The last phase was with 
welcome relief! All phases had a certain amount of fear of 
unknowns which, when prayed about and surrendered to God, 
was released, increasing our dependency upon God. 

We find a curious statement in Psalm 55:19b: "Because 
they have no changes, therefore they fear not God." When 
things are stable and carnally secure, we tend to rest in them 
and lose our dependency upon God. Even Job had lessons to 
learn by change. Though he was perfect and upright, God had 
more to show him. He testified, "Changes and war are against 


me." He lost his worldly stability to gain spiritual stability: that 
was God's design. It is still His design. The world is constantly 
changing, and many times we think the changes are against us 
when actually they are for our spiritual strengthening. 

There are many aspects to change. There are the changes in 
the world; there are changes in our health; there are changes in 
our mind; and most importantly, there are changes in our 
spiritual lives. Actually, there is only one thing that does not 
change and that is God, which gives us much comfort. Now let 
us examine each of these aspects. 

Changes in the world This is constant and has been from 
the beginning. Adam and Eve saw change when they made the 
fatal choice. However, God has enabled us to make choices— 
that was His design—and so it was inevitable that Adam and 
Eve would encounter change: "Because they have no changes, 
therefore they fear not God." 

The history of the Jews is one of constant change. Hosea 
tells of them: "As they were increased, so they sinned against 
me: therefore will I change their glory into shame." (4:7) They 
prospered, they gloried, they sinned; then God judged them, 
punished them, brought them down to their knees in shame; 
many times they repented of their sins, and changed their ways 
back to God. It takes spiritual poverty, bringing us to 
nothingness, to make us something for Him. If we are filled 
with anything else such as self or worldliness, then there is not 
room in us for Him, because we must be filled with Him. 

Changes in the world are external; and as long as we keep 
them there, we do well It is when we let the world into us that 
we see the adverse effects. The Church's history testifies to 
this. When the world was without, persecuting the Church, 
martyring men and women devoted to Christ, the Church 
thrived. When the world is within, we barely recognize the 
Church, despite large numbers of professed Christians. 


So we will do well to keep the world in its place and 
ourselves in our place. Change where change is needed or 
required, but obey God at all costs. If we are comfortable and 
feel secure in this world, we are probably uncomfortable and 
insecure in Christ. (See I John 2:15-17.) 
Changes in our health. This can change our perspective on 
life and alter our course. Illness or injury can suddenly bring us 
down into subjection to God, making us realize that we are His. 
The well-known passage of the apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh 
is an excellent example of the Christian attitude in this. He calls 
it "the messenger of Satan to buffet me." It was something that 
aggravated him, pestered him, limited him, and thwarted him 
physically. But notice what he says next: "Lest I should be 
exalted above measure." (I Cor. 12:7) He realized the spiritual 
benefits. He sought the Lord three times to heal him, but the 
Lord patiently explained to him a wonderful message: "My 
grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in 
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my 
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities. . . for when I am weak, 
then am I strong. " (w. 8-10) This is hard for us to fathom, but 
those who have experienced it understand. When change 
comes to your body through illness or injury, you will 
understand if you are seeking the Lord and accepting His plan 
for you. There is a ministry in every area of life. 

Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as 
this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." 
(Mat. 18:4) This is the only door to His grace, strength, and 
power resting upon us. (to be continued next issue) 

Ron Cable, Williamsport, Indiana 


Shane Oberholtzer: 27802 C. R. 38, Goshen, IN 46526 



The following article is the third and final by Brother Bart 
telling us of his family's trip into Mexico this past summer, 

AND ALE P'ALLA (ahn-dah-lay pah-yalf) 

My wife and I have had many laughs over the Mexican 
expYession of "andale p'alla." Andale means walk or go; "p" is 
a contraction of either por or para (I'm not sure which), both 
of which mean either through or around; and alia means over 
or out there somewhere. So then, literally this expression 
means something like "You go through or around out there 
somewhere." ("You can't miss it," is implied.) It must be noted 
here that either a nod of the head or a slight wave of the hand 
indicates the approximate direction of the place in question 
(usually within ninety degrees.) Everyone we have ever asked 
for directions in Mexico has been most willing to try to help. 
Very often the well-intentioned response is "andale p'alla" with 
the accompanying nod or wave. 

Needless to say, we have had to ask many different people 
to hone in on the needed direction and have spent hours going 
the wrong direction. I sometimes compare this in my own mind 
to sending a visitor into the Los Angeles area in search of a 
specific ofF-ramp. If I were to say, "Go ahead. You can't miss 
it. Just keep going that general direction and you're bound to 
see it." This would be ludicrous. The out of state visitor would 
have virtually no way of finding the correct off-ramp. 

I'm ashamed to say that my thoughts about giving spiritual 
guidance to people without the gospel, like the Tarahumara, is 
something of the "andale p'alla" order. Let me explain. We 
who have had the Bible in front of us our whole lives, who have 
heard good, biblical teaching, who have fellowshiped with other 
brethren, who have prayed, who know much of God's Word, 
have the map, the guide-book, the guides, the companions . . . 
(all the help we could ever need) right with us. We often 


assume these people asking for spiritual direction have the same 
advantages. They don't. 

The Tarahumara people and others who have not ever had 
the privilege of hearing the Gospel hardly even know how to 
ask for directions. To say to people like this, "Just seek the 
Lord, pray, read your Bible, attend meetings and services 
regularly," is just like saying, "Andale p'alla." While these 
people often know of their spiritual hunger and need, they 
usually don't even know what questions to ask nor can they 
understand directions (spiritual instructions) that are too vague 
and general to be of much use. What they need is not the 
encouragement to go out and try to find their way on their own. 
These people need "preachers" (guides, teachers. . . See 
Romans 10:14). They need to be shown very clearly and 
specifically "The Way." We need to lead them. None of us can 
doubt that time for spreading the Gospel and repentance is 
limited. As our world crumbles around us, as daily we hear 
news verifying the shortness of the times, we must be compelled 
to share both of our material and spiritual wealth with those 
without. They simply do not have the time to wander about 
spiritually and try to discover for themselves what exactly 
someone meant by "andale p'alla." 

Bart Taylor 
Tuolumne, California 



So called because the nearest town is Wakarusa, Indiana, 
this meeting house is located one mile north and two and one 
half miles east of the town square. The site is pleasantly located 
on a slight rise at the edge of a wood lot on the south side of 
an east and west road. 


A thirty-two feet east and west by fifty-two feet north and 
south building with full basement was completed here in 
September, 1968, and for the first time the Indiana Old 
Brethren had a meeting house with indoor plumbing and 
automatic heating. This house was broken into, vandalized, and 
arson was attempted, but, happily, only minor charring resulted. 

In 1979-1980 an addition thirty-six feet north and south by 
fifty-four feet east and west, again with full basement, was 
added to the south end of the original structure, thus forming a 
tee floor plan. The terrain slopes in such a way that the 
basement exits at ground level 

Allen Bowser and Rhoda Royer were married in the 
basement of the remodeled building in August, 1980, before the 
main floor auditorium was finished. David Royer and Elva 
Schrock were married in the completed building the following 
July. These were the first weddings held in an Indiana Old 
Brethren meeting house. 

At the present time, the congregation has about reached the 
capacity of the building, and plans are under consideration for 
some alterations which, hopefully, will result in more efficient 
use of floor space. This is rather overwhelming to those who 
remember when there were but a dozen Old Brethren in 
Indiana. But: "Numbers are no mark that men 

with God will right be found; 
/ A few were saved in Noah's ark 

while many millions drowned." 

In 1982, a cemetery was established in the southeast corner 
of the property, and eighty lots were laid out. Another one acre 
has been added since. As of December 12, 1998, there are 
three graves, all in the first plot: a stillborn son of David and 
Elva Royer (3-22-87), Aaron Beery (1963-1990), and a 
stillborn son of Neil and Lois Martin (12-29-93). The apostle 
tells us these will rise first when the last trumpet sounds. 



As we travel about we see some very large and ornate 
buildings labeled "Church" (glorified meeting houses) that 
would perhaps rival Solomon's temple for magnificence. 
However, Stephen, in his defense before the Sanhedrin, said, 
"The most High does not dwell in houses made with hands." 
(Acts 7:48 Amp.) May the glory of the Old Brethren's simple 
meeting houses shine in the lives of those who enter there to 
worship and leave to reflect the light of Jesus. "What kind of 
house will you build for me? says the Lord." (Acts 7:49 NIV) 

Harold Royer, Goshen, Indiana 

Happy New Year to all. We praise God for His mercy 
and for the love of Christian friends. Thanks to those who have 
helped financially and with writing or selecting articles and 
poems for The Pilgrim, Thanks to Kenneth Martin for his 
faithful writing in each issue, to Linda Frick and others for the 
Children's Page, to Bill Miller for the address labels, and to 
Sarah for her typing and proofreading. 

Many subscriptions expire with the old year. We do not 
send notices, but often underline or write in red the expiration 
date beside your name on the address label. We are happy for 
new subscriptions or suggestions of names for free samples. 
Subscription price is still $5.00 per year. We welcome 
selections of poems or articles and encourage original writings, 
of course reserving the right to print only what we see as fitting. 
If you are receiving The Pilgrim free, please let us know if you 
wish to continue. May we all be encouraged to serve God 
faithfully in this closing year of the century and millennium. 

Leslie and Martha Cover 

CROWLEY - A daughter, Abigail Marcie, born December 18 
to Kevin and Jennifer Crowley of Potrero, California 



Pauline Elizabeth (Mason) Flora, daughter of Wade 
Hampton and Virginia Etta (Boone) Mason was born 
September 13, 1905, near Rocky Mount, Franklin County, 
Virginia, and departed this life December 9, 1998, at her home 
near Greenville, Darke County, Ohio, making her earthly 
pilgrimage 93 years, 2 months, and 26 days. After recovering 
from a nearly fatal sickness with typhoid fever, she was baptized 
into the Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by the 
Old German Baptist Brethren in the Pigg River District when 
she was twelve years old. She had a very strong faith in the 
grace and salvation of God and in the truth and power of God's 
Word and the Holy Spirit which sustained her in peace and 
victory through life's many trials. 

On April 13, 1932, she was united in Christian marriage to 
Cornelius Jonathan Flora, a widower with six children, the four 
oldest of which she helped raise as her own. The two younger 
girls lived next door with their mother, Naoma Mae's parents, 
Henry and Anna (Menke) Mohler on Farrington (Germany) 
Road, east of Covington, Ohio. She bore nine children herself, 
and we all were raised together in an equal and Christian family 

In 1944 they purchased and moved to a farm on the 
Bradford-Children's Home Road, two miles west of Bradford, 
Ohio, where they resided until 1975, when they moved to 
another home west of Greenville until Daddy's death in 
December, 1976. Then Mother moved into her mobile home at 
the home of her daughter, Thelma, and husband, Charles Garber 
and family until her passing. It was a blessing and inspiration to 
help care for her as she was so appreciative of everything done 
for her. The last two months she was unable to get around by 
herself and needed extra assistance. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 3 
children: Ruth Elda, C. J. Flora, Jr., and Paul Flora; 2 sons-in- 


law: Howard Denlinger and Clarence Frantz; 5 grandchildren 
and 5 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Annie Ronk; 4 brothers: 
William, Daniel, Walter, and Thomas Mason. 

Surviving are 5 sons and wives: Raymond and Grace Flora, 
Hubert and Glenna Flora, Hollis and Charlotte Flora, Wade and 
Violet Flora, Buford and Joan Flora; 7 daughters: Woneda 
(Mrs. Clinton) Sink, Virginia (Mrs. Kenneth) Peters, Ann (Mrs. 
Myron) Bowman, Etta Mae (Mrs. Russell) Garber, Mildred 
(Mrs. Marion) Denlinger, Thelma (Mrs. Charles) Garber, 
Lucille (Mrs. Keith) Bussey; 1 daughter-in-law, Norma (Mrs. 
Luther) Angle; 73 grandchildren; 139 great grandchildren; and 
25 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers and 
wives: Robert B. and Arnita Mason and Edward J. and Blanche 

Funeral services were conducted by Ministers Henry Garber 
and Melvin Coning at the Old Brethren Meetinghouse west of 
Bradford, Ohio, December 13, 1998. Burial was in the Sugar 
Grove Cemetery south of Covington, there to await the coming 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, "Who shall judge the 
quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom." (II Tim. 
4:1) Mother will be missed by all who knew her, but our loss is 
her eternal gain. 

The Family 


"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in 
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last 
days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir 
of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the 
brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and 
upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by 
himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the 
Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:1-3) 


This is a condensed historical record of God's 
communicating and witnessing to fallen humanity-providing a 
way for man to be restored to a loving relationship with him and 
one another. To have this relationship restored is proof of our 
salvation and is now God*s means of grace to a lost and dying 

After Jesus rose from the grave and just prior to His return 
to heaven, He was with His disciples and commanded "that 
repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His 
name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are 
witnesses of these thing. And, behold, I send the promise of my 
Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye 
be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:47-49) 

The apostles were obedient to the command of Jesus and 
stayed in Jerusalem until this promise was fulfilled. "They were 
all with one accord in one place, " a perfect environment for the 
Holy Spirit to reveal Himself. The physical exposure of this 
great event was so unusual that there were all kinds of 
speculations as to what was happening. Jesus had prepared His 
apostles for this event, and they were able to explain what it 
was and immediately exercised in His powers. 

The Holy Spirit, through the instrument of man, has 
penetrated to the far corners of the earth and has proven to be 
the most effective means in demonstrating the power of 
salvation against the powers of evil and sin. 

The apostles were still in question about the kingdom of 
Israel just prior to Jesus' ascension. It is quite evident that they 
were still struggling with personal ego and advantage. 
After this great event of the Holy Spirit's outpouring, we see 
nothing in the apostles' manner that showed they had self- 
interest or personal ego, and they began to build God's kingdom 
on earth. The proof of the apostles' understanding of God's 
kingdom was that they willingly sacrificed their lives for its 


As we observe the events of the outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit, we see mysteries that are difficult to understand, but we 
also see the practical side, which is faith, repentance, baptism 
and community; and the effects this had on its subjects— the 
corporate community in its pure form of service and love. This 
has been God's witness on earth for nearly two thousand years. 
Acts 2 gives the account of this great event. 

The account ends with a positive note and proves its 
success and where salvation is experienced. "Praising God, and 
having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the 
church daily such as should be saved." (Acts 2:47) 

Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 


Pilate heard the crowd cry out, "Crucify Him!" 
He asked a question; they repeated again. 
Soldiers took Him to a hall, and they 
Smote, and to Him "Prophesy," so they say. 

He tried to carry the cross, but it was hard 
For Jesus to carry; it was much too far. 
Through His dear hands the nails they had nailed, 
To make Him so suffer, they had not failed. 

Then He cried out, "It is finished," He had said, 
He died and three days to lie among the dead. 
Three days passed; the stone was rolled away; 
Jesus arose from the dead on Sunday. 

When Mary came, she was frightened to behold; 

No longer was Jesus in the linen fold. 

She ran to the disciples to tell, 

She saw the risen Lord, and He was well. 

Jennifer Brandt, Union City, Ohio 



Perry heard the door open at the back of the church. He 
squirmed around and stretched his neck to see over the back of 
the bench. Just as he caught a glimpse of who was coming in 
late, Mother nudged him with her elbow and whispered, "Turn 

A few minutes later, a baby began to cry hard. Perry turned 
to look back. He wanted to see which baby was crying and 
what the mother would do about it. Before he'd even spotted 
the crying baby, Mother's elbow nudged him again, reminding 
him to turn around. 

Bang! A hymnbook fell to the floor somewhere close 
behind Perry. The sudden noise made him jump. Quickly he 
twisted around to see who dropped a book. Mother's elbow 
jabbed him sharply this time. 

For awhile all was quiet except for the minister preaching. 
Then there was a commotion in the back corner. Perry 
wondered what the disturbance was and started to look back. 
Just in time, he remembered Mother's elbow and did not turn to 
look. There were three more times that Perry almost turned to 
look back, but each time he remembered that he wasn't 
supposed to do that. 

On the way home, Perry asked, "Mother, why can't I look 
back during church? I want to see who comes late, or which 
baby is crying, or who went to sleep and dropped their book." 
Dad spoke up to answer, "It is enough of a distraction to 
everyone to hear the noises that we can't control without having 
the added distraction of people turning around to look. If we 
are reverently listening to the sermon, we can ignore all those 
disturbances. We come to Church to worship God, not to see 
everything that happens around us. Besides, it is hard for the 
minister to keep talking when the congregation isn't paying 
attention. We must train ourselves to listen attentively to the 

sermon and block out other noises. That will honor God and 
encourage the ministers." 

"You did very well at sitting still the last half of the service." 
Mother encouraged her son. "I'm glad to see that you are 
trying to control yourself." 

Perry smiled and decided he'd keep controlling his urge to 
turn around until it became a habit to sit still. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


The heroes of faith of Hebrews 1 1 died without seeing the 
promises fulfilled, but they saw them "afar off, and were 
persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they 
were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." So should we. 




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VOL, 46 FEBRUARY r I999 NiL^ 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


Hark! I hear my Saviour say: 
"Suffer the children to come to me;" 
Do not turn the lambs away, 
"Suffer the children to come." 
Point them to the Father's throne; 
Speak to them in tenderest tone, 
Jesus calls them for His own, 
"Suffer the children to come." 

Tell them Jesus loves them all, 
"Suffer the children to come to me." 
He will guide them lest they fall, 
"Suffer the children to come." 
Oh, forbid them not, I pray; 
Let the children come today; 
Hear the blessed Saviour say: 
"Suffer the children to come." 

Take them gently by the hand, 
"Suffer the children to come to me;" 
Lead them to the better land, 
"Suffer the children to come," 
Lead them with a willing hand; 
Tell them of a Saviour kind; 
They eternal life may find, 
"Suffer the children to come." 

-Dr. I. L. Mitchell 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after 
me, cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:27) 

In his recent book Secret of the Strength, Peter Hoover 
proposes that the true success and survival of the Church in any 
age rests on their following Jesus Christ. He describes the 
Anabaptist movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth 
centuries, cites their writings, and points to their phenomenal 
success in spreading across Europe (from a few to 60,000 in 30 
years) and the resulting martyrdoms attending such complete 

What does it mean to follow Jesus? Is this the true secret of 
the strength of the Church? We can study the examples of 
history, but perhaps the answers to these questions can become 
vivid and real to us only if we take up the cross ourselves and 
follow the Savior. He has opened the way for us to follow and 
proclaims that this way is Himself. He is the door, and He is 
the way. Our effort, sincere and zealous though it may be, is 
insufficient without Him. 

We all "come after" or "follow" Jesus in the sense that we 
live in a later time (perhaps the very end time!). But this is not 
what following means. Jesus wants us to copy Him, obey Him, 
accept Him as Master, and to walk in His footsteps. We sing 
about it in hymns like "O to Be Like Thee," "Follow the Path of 
Jesus," and "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken." A follower is one 
who looks to the leader for direction. 

In places and times of persecution, following Jesus 
sometimes meant literally hanging on a cross like Jesus did. For 
others it meant going to the stake to be burned or being 
drowned in the river. Men in the hands of Satan devise every 
imaginable means of torture and painful death. 


In any age, taking up the cross and following Christ means 
death. In a generation like ours when Christians are tolerated, it 
still means death to sin and this old world when we are 
"crucified with Christ. " A. W. Tozer in "The Old Cross and the 
New," describes it this way: "The man in Roman times who 
took up his cross and started down the road had already said 
goodbye to his friends. He was not coming back. He was not 
going out to have his life redirected; he was going out to have 
it ended." 

In following Jesus Christ, the big picture is important. 
Where are we going? What has priority? Details are also 
important, but not at the expense of principle. I have seen 
children begin to draw or copy a picture. Most will begin with 
detail. Something catches their eye as a place to start. But to 
draw a picture well, you must first have proportion and balance. 
Sketch in important large figures or groups and add detail later. 

So with life. In following, we must determine to obey 
regardless of where it might take us. Daniel "purposed in his 
heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the 
king's meat." "Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of 
the Lord." The big picture is to trust Jesus for His grace and 
follow where He leads. To do this, we study His Word, imitate 
His life, hear the Gospel preached, and accept counsel from our 

Those who come after Jesus must separate from the world. 
This is not a detail but a principle. Jesus said, "My kingdom is 
not of this world." Paul wrote, "Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye separate. . .and I will receive you." 
John wrote, "Love not the world. . ." The kingdoms of this 
world have their God-given duties including use of the sword, 
making of laws, and punishment of evil. To follow Christ we 
become non-resistant, and peaceable. His followers "turn the 
other cheek," love their enemies, feed them, and pray for them. 
We are to be so much in the same mind with citizens of Christ's 


kingdom that we "speak the same thing" and that we are 
"perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same 
judgment." We are to share what we have been given and not 
to claim possessions as our own. 

This practice of separation of the kingdoms meant trouble 
for the Anabaptists as well as the early Christians, early 
Brethren, and any sincere followers. The state churches after 
the Reformation felt the need of the power of the rulers to 
uphold their cause. Christians who see the overall picture know 
that God omnipotent is the one in control. 

Belonging to a separate kingdom will be expressed in 
details: how we talk, how we appear and dress, what our 
business deals are like, how we show love to those around us. 
We will ask frequently, "What would Jesus do?" 

Just being separate is not enough; we must be part of the 
fellowship of believers. Peter writes of Jesus, the chief corner 
stone," and of His followers as "lively stones." We are part of 
the building of God. To be a part of God's Kingdom, His 
Church, we must give up our wills in submission to His will. In 
our last issue, I wrote that I could "imagine no higher order 
than to be given freedom of choice." Perhaps this is not quite 
right because to give over our wills and our choices to God's 
will is higher still. We become part of His body, working, 
praying, encouraging one another in the special community of 

Details are important to the overall picture, Alexander 
Mack wrote regarding outward baptism that it was an 
insignificant but necessary ordinance. He added, "However, I 
do not think that a single commandment of the Lord Jesus dare 
to be considered insignificant, if we consider the power and 
might of the Sovereign without reluctance." 

Will we follow the Savior wherever He may lead? Will this 
indeed prove to be the secret of strength for us as individuals 
and as a body of believers? Let us find out for ourselves. -L.C. 


"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose 
under the heaven. . .a time to keep silence, and a time to speak." 
(Ecclesiastes 3 : 1,7) 

Do we not all struggle with learning to say and do the 
proper things at the proper time? Of ourselves, it is truly 
impossible. With God, all thing are possible. James 3:8 tells us 
man cannot tame the tongue, so we must ask and allow God to 
tame it. 

What does the Word of God say about "a time to keep 
silence"? It seems like the Epistle of James is full of instruction 
for us who struggle with control of our speech. Perhaps the 
first place to start would be to ask God to purify our hearts for 
"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Then, 
if speaking comes fluently for us, our tongues will "minister 
grace to the hearers." Read Ephesians 4:29-32. If you are 
burdened with this struggle, prayerfully study James, chapters 1 
and 3. When our speaking is used to hurt or destroy another's 
reputation, it seems to us a sin of commission. 

What does the Word of God say about "a time to speak"? 
Paul says in his first letter to Timothy (6:18) to ". . .be willing 
to communicate." (The margin says to be sociable.) In 
Hebrews 13:16 we read, "But to do good and to communicate 
forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." For 
some, it is quite a sacrifice to do this. Yet, we are all instructed 
to do this whether it is easy for us or not. When Moses 
complained about God's sending him to Pharaoh to bring the 
children of Israel out of Egypt, he said, "O my Lord, I am not 
eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto 
thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 
And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or 
who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have 
not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy 


mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." When God asks us 
to say something, He will give us His words through His Spirit 
if we but ask Him, even if our tongues are not eloquent. Just 
because we cannot say it as well as someone else is not excuse 
for not obeying Him. We have heard others say, "I just don't 
have the ability or gift to teach my family. M Of course we don't 
of ourselves, but we can give them the Word of God for 
spiritual food. Then the Holy Spirit teaches them His wisdom. 

We communicate through song. Colossians 3:16 says, 
"...teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns 
and spiritual songs. . ." A mother or father who goes about 
daily labors singing creates a happy and joyful atmosphere for 
the whole family. The one who sings is uplifted and burdens are 
eased when we sing "as unto the Lord." Who doesn't feel 
uplifted when we sing "with the Spirit and understanding"? 
Surely it is as sweet incense unto the Lord! It should be an 
expression of the heart and not to "tickle the ear." 

We rejoiced when we heard that yet another family, not of 
our circles, have removed television from their home so there 
would be more time for communication with each other. Many 
would rather be entertained by letting others do the talking, 
reading, and singing. There is a place for this too. However, is 
it not possible to allow these things to take the place of 
communication? Could we, too, fall into this temptation? We 
must "put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to 
stand against the wiles of the devil." 

We are convinced that there is nothing wrong of itself but 
how, when, where, and why we use it can be wrong. 

As we study on when to speak and when not to speak, we 
find that we "fall short of the glory of God" many times in our 
communications. We could call lack of communication a "sin 
of omission." May we all strive to communicate to His honor 
and glory is our prayer. James and Betty Beery 

Williamsport, Indiana 


CHANGE (Continued from last issue) 

Changes in our minds. Everything affects our minds, even 
the weather. Let us look at our minds. We see many people 
whose minds are fearful of the many happenings in this world; 
we see angry minds; we see confused minds. People do many 
things to keep their minds occupied to block out reality, but 
Isaiah says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind 
is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.' 1 (26:3) This 
describes the Christian's mind. 

We change our minds many times; we are constantly 
learning and gaining new information. What kind of mind do 
you have? The Bible speaks of many different types of minds: 
minds willing to work (Neh. 4:6); doubtful minds (Luke 
12:29); a willing mind (II Cor. 8:12); a sound mind (II Tim. 
1:7); a double mind (James 1:8); the same mind (Rom. 12:16); 
and one mind. (II Cor. 13:11; Phil. 1:27, 2:2; I Pet. 3:8) 
Christians are joined together by the mind of Christ (I Cor. 
2: 16) with the same hope, the same goal, and the same purpose. 
"Whose mind is stayed (locked) on thee." 

Changes in our spiritual lives. Lastly, everything we have 
looked at affects our spiritual lives, but we want to examine 
spiritual growth. Spiritually, we are either moving forward or 
we are falling. To ride a bicycle you must keep moving forward 
to stay up; but when you stop, you fall over unless you put your 
foot down to hold you up. Many professed Christians are 
holding themselves up. 

Growth means change; we grow up and we grow out. Our 
hair grows longer; our muscles grow stronger. To know the 
mind of Christ is a lifelong journey that ends at His throne, and 
only then will we know, fully realize, His manifold wisdom and 
power, majesty and glory, as we come face to face with our 
Saviour. It is our duty and should be our joyful service to 
"grow up into him in all things. " (Eph. 4:15) "Grow in grace, 


and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. . ." 
(II Pet. 3:18) 

Change doesn't always mean growth; it can be a 
deterioration as when our bodies die. But if we are building on 
our faith, we will know it (II Pet 1 :5-l I), and others will know 
it. Note that "if these things be in you, and abound, they make 
you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the 
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (v. 8) So it is either the 
world or the mind of Christ that we keep in focus; the other 
becomes blurry when out of focus. Is there such a thing as a 
blurry Christian? "My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: 
and meddle not with them that are given to change." (Pro. 
24:21) The world is given to change; it lives for change. The 
Christian rests in the eternal security of Christ who is always the 
same and is always present. Not only that, but He is in us if 
there is room. He wants to fill us and transform us into His 
likeness, His image. This can only be accomplished through 
growth. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that 
the Lord is gracious." (I Pet. 2:2,3) Then, as we grow, we use 
"strong meat (which) belongeth to them that are of full age, 
even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to 
discern both good and evil." (Heb. 5:13-14) Not only this, but 
"let us go on unto perfection." (Heb. 6:1) 

Conclusion. Change is good if our involvement with the 
world is robbing us of spiritual growth. Change in anything is 
good if it is to keep us alive in Christ and focused on Him. 
Change is good if it is for the furtherance and enhancement of 
His kingdom. The key is to allow Christ to //'// our hearts, so 
that we may be good ground and may hear the Word, 
understand it and do it, and bring forth much fruit, (Mat. 13:23; 
Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15) 

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; 
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 


spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." 
(Col. 3:16) Looking for that day when "we shall all be 
changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last 
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised 
incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (I Cor. 15:51b-52) 
I Ron Cable 

West Lebanon, Indiana 



Claimed to be the oldest institutional building in Stanislaus 
County, the Salida meeting house was built about 1878 by the 
Cumberland Prebyterians. The thirty foot by forty foot 
structure with a fourteen foot by sixteen foot entry vestibule 
was constructed of fine grain redwood. The First 
Congregational Church of Salida obtained the property around 
1886. The deed to the Old Brethren is dated September 6, 
1918. Named as trustees on the deed are Deacons J. J. 
Wagoner, W. H. Mohler, David Wolf, and Earl Hitch. The 
purchase price of the church and the one acre lot was $600.00. 

The Brethren removed the bell tower, steeple, and the 
podium. The bell was taken to the new Congregational Church 
in Salida where, I believe, it is today. A kitchen was added to 
the north and a baby room was built on the northwest corner of 
the building. A shed was built to store a horse-drawn hearse. 
Six twelve foot tables with folding legs along with straight 
benches were made for communion meals. These were stored 
in the attic above the kitchen. Before the east door was added, 
the tables and benches were passed through the windows when 
setting up for meals. 

Electric lights were installed in 1930. A concrete 
foundation replaced the redwood footings in the fall of 1943. 


The wood floors were refinished and the interior plastered the 
following spring. A gas furnace replaced the wood burning 
heater in the spring of 1945. In 1949 the partition between the 
entry vestibule and the auditorium was removed and new pews 
which converted into tables replaced the smaller redwood pews. 
Originally there were two aisles with three rows of pews which 
extended to the walls. 

With its eighteen foot ceiling, the building is noted for 
exceptional acoustical quality. The church is listed in the 
Stanislaus Historical Registry. When the 99 Freeway was 
surveyed, provisions were made to not disturb the church 
property. Joseph Wagner 

Modesto, California 

(The one wedding held in this meeting house since the 
Brethren have used it was that of Joseph and Letha Cover 
Wagner on December 5, 1959. Memories of special people, 
Gospel preaching, and inspiring times of communion and 
fellowship surround this place for those of us who worshipped 
there from our childhood. --L.C.) 


God's grace, that was made known and is being revealed to 
a lost and dying world, was established by His only begotten 
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus declared that the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it. This is to mean that Satan will not 
be able to destroy its witness of declaring its purpose and 
calling. This does not mean it will be spared suffering from the 
powers of evil, but that faith in Christ in its corporate and 
personal calling is stronger than the fear of physical death. 

Jesus' submitting His physical body to the powers of evil 
was His inaugural message of the kingdom He was establishing 
on earth. Before this took place He masterfully formed a 
kingdom organism that formulated a corporate community that 


was to represent God's will for all people. Jesus carefully chose 
twelve men and commissioned them, that after His departure, 
they were to go into all the world and continue the work that 
He had begun. 

When the time of His departure came, they accompanied 
Him to the Mount of Olivet. As they were gazing into the 
heavens at His disappearance, two men stood by in white 
apparel and assured them that this same Jesus would return 
again in like manner. Jesus had assured them of this before. 
Then they returned to Jerusalem and assembled the eleven 
apostles and some others including Mary, the mother of Jesus, 
and some other women— in all, about one hundred and twenty. 

One of the first things they considered was to replace Judas 
who was no more because of his unfaithfulness. In this we see 
the reverence the apostles had for Jesus and His efforts, also 
their own disappointment and loss. The decision to replace 
Judas was in honor of Christ's kingdom. Also it was a 
fulfillment of the Scriptures. (Psalm 109: 8) To find a man 
qualified to replace Judas is a testimony of God's undefeatable 

As the apostles began building God's kingdom on earth, 
they were without prestige or honor. The powers of Satan tried 
in vain to extinguish it through persecution and death. In spite 
of this, it grew in influence and honor by great numbers, 
without retaliation or physical resistance. 

Before the close of the New Testament era, we see another 
attempt to destroy God's plan. As the kingdom of God grew in 
influence and honor, it became a temptation for personal honor 
and prestige. The desire for prestige and honor is just under the 
skin of all men. If this is not controlled by the Spirit of Christ, 
he cannot relate to the organism of God's kingdom and its 
ordained structure, "which is the church of the living God, the 
pillar and ground of the truth." (I Tim. 3:15) The apostle Paul 
dealt with this quite extensively in defense of his calling— not for 


his own personal prestige or honor, but in defense of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ and its physical attachment and responsibility of 
each member. The respect for God's plan through Jesus is 
where truth has been preserved. 

God has ordained the church and the home. If there is 
respect and obedience to their foundational structure, this is 
where the fruits are borne that we are called to. This is the 
testimony of Jesus in real life, proving the power of the Holy 
Spirit over the powers of sin and darkness. This is where future 
generations will be guided into eternal truth. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



I groaned as the peas scattered on the floor, blending into 
the carpet. Not only did I have a mess to clean up, but they 
were valuable to me. They were two years old, and not of any 
unusual variety. They cost me only fifty cents. But I knew they 
could still grow if they were planted. 

They surely couldn't grow on the floor, though, so I got on 
my knees and started to work them into a pile, reaching under 
furniture, feeling for even the farthest ones. I carefully gathered 
them up and put them back into their envelope. 

Once I had gathered all I could find, I taped the envelope 
closed so they wouldn't be spilled again. At the proper time, I 
would plant them, and hopefully they would grow and bear fruit 
in spite of their spill. 

And I thought: That's a lot like God and us. We are lost, 
scattered, of little worth, unable to grow. Yet to Him we are 
valuable. Imagine the King on His knees, searching for a 
quantity of something rather ugly, gathering each one with care, 
and making a way to keep them safe. Then He plants them in 


an orderly fashion, in the right place, at the right time, with the 
right soil and water, and they grow into something beautiful and 
fruitful, just as He planned. 

Beware, though, that you don't hide from God for too long. 
Once the envelope is sealed, any seeds left go in the trash. 

Sad to say, even the seeds that get planted don't always 
grow and bear fruit and it's not the gardener's fault. Please be 
sure to grow and bear fruit, together with others of like 
precious faith, in an orderly fashion, not in between rows where 
you're likely to be hoed out. Someday we all will be gathered in 
God's harvest and preserved together forever. 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


A perfect, great Example we find in God's own Word, 
Of One that we're to copy; it's Jesus Christ our Lord. 
On earth for just awhile, He lived, and then He gave 
His life and blood so precious, that we could all be saved. 
He then returned to heaven. Responsibility 
Now rests on us, His children, that we His witness be. 

But how can we as humans, attempt so large a task 

When we are weak and failing? "Lord, what is this You ask?" 

"I'll give you of My Spirit, and power, and love within 

That you can be My witness in a dark world fiill of sin. 

My grace is all sufficient; I'll grant a rich supply 

And strength, divine and mighty, if unto Me you cry." 

And so, to be like Jesus, we must be born again; 
Realize the sin and sorrow that we've been rescued from! 
A broken, contrite spirit, in true humility... 
Compassion, care for others, and fervent charity... 
Setting our affection on lasting things above... 
All of this is needful to point others to Christ's love. 


The world and its allurements, and Satan's sly deceit 

Entice us to quit striving our heavenly goal to reach. 

They seek to mar our witness, to lure us closer in 

To join in their amusement, frivolity, and sin. 

We dare not love the world, friend. 'Tis enmity with God! 

'Twill lead us sure to ruin, when we its course have trod. 

Our topics of discussion, our daily conversation, 

Just how we spend our given time, the liberties we're taking, 

Our actions and reactions, that others see each day, 

Our dress and our appearance: do these all have godly sway? 

Upon the ones around us, that they can clearly see 

That a witness true for Jesus is what we try to be? 

An awesome task before us, that we are called to bear 
The image of our Savior, His light and love to share. 
Oh, Jesus! Cleanse these vessels! Create deeply within 
A longing to be like Thee, and other souls to win. 
And help us to be faithful, and never be ashamed 
To stand out as a witness for Thee and Thy dear name. 

Rhoda Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 


On January 25, 1999, the Ohio part of the Indiana 
congregation held an election for a deacon. Larry Cable was 
chosen and installed. He will be serving with his wife Liana. 
May God bless their labors in the Kingdom for His glory. 

—Melvin Coning 


CABLE - A daughter, Samantha Arlene, born January 13 to 
Aaron and Arlene Cable of Chamber sburg, Pennsylvania. 

GOLDING - A son, Jack Ryan, born January 15 to Jeff and 
Deanna Golding of Wakarusa, Indiana. 

CHILDREN'S PAGE: What A Little Boy Can Do 

"Come, Maude, let's go to the singing in the social room," 
Nurse Sherry said to the small lady in a wheelchair. 

"No, I don't want to go today," Maude answered. "I'm no 
good for anything or anyone, and I don't feel like going out 
there with all those happy people. They have no idea what it is 
like to be old and sit around in a wheelchair all day." 

"You are down in the dumps today, aren't you?" Sherry ran 
a comb through Maude's thin, white hair. Then she pulled a 
clean lap-robe from the drawer and tucked it in at both sides of 
Maude's lap, "Let's go anyway. Maybe there will be some little 
phrase in a hymn, or something the minister says that will cheer 
you up. Ready? Here we go!" and Sherry pushed the 
wheelchair out the door and down the hall. 

Sherry had just positioned Maude in a row with other 
people in wheelchairs, when Maude spied a very little boy 
coming down the row. He was shaking hands with each person 
and giving them a big smile. "How precious!" she thought. 
Just watching him made her forget her gloominess. Her face 
softened as she eagerly waited for her turn. Ah, the feel of his 
soft little hand in her frail hand! And his dear smile as he 
paused by her chair and gazed into her face! There was a glow 
of happiness in her eyes as she watched him go to every resident 
and shake hands with them. 

Later that evening, when Nurse Sherry brought Maude's 
supper tray in, she found the dear lady contentedly singing 
"Jesus loves me, this I know," to herself. 

"Oh! Wasn't that little fellow dear?" she gushed when she 
saw Sherry. "He couldn't have been more than two years old! 
And nobody was with him to make him shake hands with us. 
He wanted to do it! He was so sweet! I know I'll dream about 
him all night." and she talked on and on as long as Sherry was 
there to listen. The soft, warm glow of happiness lingered on 
her face for days afterward. 

Young children, YOU can make a difference in someone's 
life just like this little boy did. Don't be too shy or cross to 
shake hands with older people and give them a friendly smile. It 
is nice if you can talk to them a little, but sometimes they are 
too hard-of-hearing to hear you. But your smile and the feel of 
your hand in theirs is enough to cheer their lonely days. 
Surprisingly, you will be happier, too. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


Glen Hoover's: 4498 W. Wander Rd., Williamsport, IN 47993 

Andrew Lavy's: 1356 W. 350 N. Camden, IN 46917 
Susie Sell: 7783 1/2 Children's Home-Bradford Road 


The pilgrim's path doth lead him on, 
To his dear home beyond the tide; 
He treads the path the Savior's gone, 
For him there is no one beside. 




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VOL. 46 MARCH r 1999 No. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, " I Peter 2:11 


He who would valiant be 
'Gainst all disaster, 
Let him in constancy 
Follow the Master. 
There's no discouragement 
Shall make him once relent 
His first avowed intent 
To be a pilgrim. 

Who so beset him round 
With dismal stories, 
Do but themselves confound, 
His strength the more is. 
No foes shall stay his might; 
Though he with giants fight: 
He will make good his right 
To be a pilgrim. 

Since, Lord, Thou dost defend 
Us with Thy Spirit, 
We know we at the end 
Shall life inherit. 
Then fancies flee away 
I'll fear not what men say, 
I'll labor night and day 
To be a pilgrim. 

Pearcy Dearmer, 1906 
From Zion f s Praises 

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Responsibility, accountability, duty: are these words out- 
dated today? It seems to me that we need to be more aware of 
our duty. We have been given so much and so much freedom 
for so long that we must be beginning to think we deserve it-- 
that it comes as a result of our imagined virtue, and that no kind 
of response is required. However, we know that God's Word 
proves differently. Jesus pronounces blessings on those who do 
respond to God's goodness: the merciful, the meek, the patient 
sufferer, the peacemaker, those who desire righteousness and 
are pure in heart and poor in spirit. 

With freedom comes responsibility. A free choice is 
accompanied by the duty to choose rightly. With so much 
prosperity and blessing comes accountability to use what we 
have been given to bless others and demonstrate thankfulness to 

Why are we so accountable? We are so accountable 
because God is fair. God has decreed that "... Unto 
whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. . ," 
(Luke 12:48) Some reply against God, charge Him with 
playing favorites (like Satan charged about Job) and respond 
poorly to His goodness. We react to difficulty and trials with, 
"Why me?" I don't know who first turned that around and 
asked "Why not me?" but that response is certainly better. God 
is right and just and good. We begin with this assurance even if 
we fail to understand all the why's. 

Slaves, persecuted ones, and children all have limited 
freedom and therefore limited responsibility. There is the sad 
case of a group of thirty-two Siberian Christians who 
approached the American Embassy in Moscow in 1963. In 


their homeland of Siberia, the communists began teaching in the 
schools against God. When they required the Christian children 
to learn blasphemies about God and Christ, it was too much. 
They took their children out of school The government 
reacted by taking their children to a boarding school 250 miles 
away. Against their will, the responsibility to their children was 
changed. They tried to leave their country with the help of the 
American Embassy but found it was impossible. Do we see our 
greater responsibility because of our greater freedom? 

Fatalists and some Calvinists believe that men do not have 
free choice. But if they have no choice, how can they be held 
accountable? We believe that God is sovereign. There will be 
no surprises to Him because He knows all—past, present, and 
future. I confess to limited understanding; I do not know all 
the answers. But let us be suspicious of any doctrine that 
would deny that we have choice or accountability. (They do go 
together.) Any teaching that says it does not matter to God 
how we live cannot be from His Word. He has given His only 
begotten Son, our blessed Savior, to effect our salvation, 
something we could never do by our poor effort. But He has 
given us much to do that we can do by His Holy Spirit's power; 
and He has made it plain that we are accountable in this area. 
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh 
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the 
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7,8) 
The verse that follows is a reminder of the sovereign promise 
and provision of our heavenly Father: "And let us not be weary 
in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." 

What are the areas of our responsibility? First, our duty is 
to God-to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and 
strength. This means obedience. If we fail this responsibility, 
any other effort, no matter how zealous, will be futile. His 
authority is unlimited. In our freedom, we sometimes think our 


time is ours, our money is ours, our thoughts are certainly ours, 
our homes, property, "things," belong to us. But the truth is 
that all these are God's. Paul asks (I Cor. 4:7): ". . . and what 
hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive 
it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" We 
don't really own anything, do we? It is all given by God, and 
He will call us to account for the things done, thought, and 

Our duty to God is expressed in our relationship to one 
another. He does not need our things; He already owns them. 
But He tells us in Galatians 5:13, "For, brethren, ye have been 
called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the 
flesh, but by love serve one another." Jesus said, "Inasmuch 
as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye 
have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40) 

Our duty to God and one another includes our matters of 
money, time, possessions and all that God gives us daily. With 
our (God's) money, we need to be generous but frugal. 
Someone has wisely said, "Extravagance is wrong, even if we 
can 'afford' it." If we truly put others first, this will not be a 
problem. Perhaps we pass over these words too lightly: "Let 
no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth." Is that 
in the Bible? Yes, I Cor. 10:24. Does it fit in our competitive, 
capitalistic culture? No, but it fits well in the Christian setting 
of love for one another. 

Our bodies are where we live, our "houses." Surely they are 
our own! The advocates of "pro choice" say that a woman has 
a right to decide about her own body. But Paul writes (I Cor. 
6:19,20): "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of 
the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye 
are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore 
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 

Our time, too, is owned by God. So is our strength, and 
even our thoughts. Paul writes also about "bringing into 


captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (II Cor. 

It looks like we haven't much left. But we can be real 
possessors of the grace of God. We possess and are possessed 
of the Holy Spirit. Jesus offers to be our Savior. Truly, we are 
rich, and we are responsible, too, because of these priceless 
possessions. — L.C. 


Question: What was the purpose of the law for the Jews as a 


Answer: The law was to make them a separate, peculiar 

people to God and to teach them to be fair in their dealings with 

one another. The rituals and sacrifices were to remind them of 

God's holiness and what He required of them and why. The 

carrying out of this was the fulfilling of the law to love God 

with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. 

Question: Did the failure of the Jews as a nation to keep all 

the law prevent God from achieving His purpose? Did that 

failure hinder those who truly did strive to keep it? 

Answer: No, it did not prevent Him from accomplishing His 

purpose. Through failure as a nation, He demonstrated His 

long-suffering and mercy in continuing to call them, and 

ultimately His judgment in their destruction and captivity. 

Finally, His further mercy was shown in returning them and 

giving them another opportunity as a nation. 

It did not hinder the faithful because they received God's 
blessing in the trying times as evidenced by Jeremiah, Daniel, 
the three Hebrew children, etc., who were blessed and saved 
from destruction. 

Through both the faithful and unfaithful, He illustrated by 
this the principles laid out to them in Deuteronomy 30:19: 


"... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: 
therefore, choose life that both thou and thy seed may live." 
Question: Was there any evidence that the faithful Israelites 
attempted to separate themselves from the nation of Israel in 
order to be more effective? 

Answer: It is evident they did not, because their testimony was 
to continue to call and pray for their people as evidenced 
through Daniel and the prophets. God used them without 
removing them from the Israelite nation. 

Question: Was this still true at the time Jesus was here on 

Answer: Yes, it was. He never advocated that His followers 
ceased to be Jews or Israelites, but He condemned the man- 
made additions and changes to God's law in a call to holiness 
and righteousness. Further evidence of this is seen in the 
Apostles' desire to call the Israelites, their people, to repentance 
and a true relationship with God. 

Question: Following Christ's coming, what is the continuing 
relationship of His law to grace? 

Answer: We must grasp His righteousness through the law and 
our total inability to attain it without the salvation Jesus 
purchased and offers to us through His sacrifice. Accepting His 
sacrifice and attempting to be faithful brings us into His grace. 
Question: Are there parallels between Israel and God's people 

Answer: Yes, there are many. God's desire still is that His 
church would be faithful to Him. Even though much of the 
professed church is not, He is still demonstrating His long- 
suffering and mercy and ultimately His judgment on those who 
are not faithful. It is still true that those who strive to be 
faithful are not prevented by those who are not. A further 
parallel is that the faithful today still continue to call to and pray 
for those who are not. The faithful do not disassociate 
themselves from the church in individualism, but still desire to 


be a part of God's professed people. God is still protecting His 
faithful and blessing them. 

Question: Is it God's purpose for His faithful to be so 

Answer: Jesus' teaching to His followers was to go unto all the 
world teaching and illustrating His truth, calling them to 
discipleship. His kingdom is much better strengthened by 
attempting to be faithful and to teach and call to repentance 
where we are. When this is not possible, we should quietly seek 
a setting where this can be done. There is little benefit in 
attempting to get all the faithful together in one group, nor is it 
necessarily God's purpose. His kingdom is built here in less 
than the best circumstances because it is being built by less than 
perfect people. His marvelous testimony and grace are 
demonstrated in this way—through imperfect people. 

James and Betty Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 



When several Old Brethren families moved about seventy 
miles from Modesto, California, east to Tuolumne County in 
the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they at first met in homes once a 
month. Members and friends from the neighborhood and from 
the Modesto area came for a service on the second Sunday, and 
the other three meetings of the month continued in the Salida 
meeting house near Modesto. 

As the numbers increased, homes were too small for the 
crowd, and in 1961-63 the brethren built a rustic style meeting 
house on a lot donated by Brother Paul Balsbaugh near the 
growing subdivision known as MiWuk Village. The building 


measures 32 feet by 40 feet with a small wing for restrooms. A 
full basement, unfinished at first, was a place for Sunday dinners 
and an occasional social event. The building is finished outside 
in cedar siding and inside with natural "knotty" pine. A steep 
roof accommodates heavy snowfall at this 5000 foot level. 

The construction of the meeting house was almost all done 
by donated labor. A number of our German Baptist brethren 
helped much in laying blocks for the basement, planting shrubs, 
and helping build in general. Brother Paul Balsbaugh donated 
wrought iron rails around outside retaining walls as well as 
linoleum for the auditorium. 

For a time the Sierra Pines German Baptist congregation 
used this house for meetings until their own meeting house was 
finished in 1975. 

In 1979 the brethren established for their children the Old 
Brethren Christian School, which has met for twenty years in 
the basement of the meeting house. Modern lighting was 
installed, and the basement was partially finished with a 
sheetrock ceiling and used carpet for the cement floor. As 
years went by, improvements were made: insulation in the 
ceilings of basement and auditorium, and better carpeting, 
painted walls, and acoustic tile ceiling for the school room. 

The school was open to neighbors' children and increased 
from eleven students in 1979 to twenty-three in 1999. Singings, 
school open house, and other special events took place in the 
schoolroom basement. 

Five weddings have been held in the MiWuk Church: Fred 
and Erma Miller, 1965; Glen and Lois Shirk, 1966; Wayne and 
Linda Crawmer, 1972; Joe and Sherry Cover, 1974; and Bill 
and Marilyn Miller, 1983. 

God blessed our mountain families; more moved in; 
families increased; and in 1998 the need for more space for 
both church and school became apparent. Expansion seemed 


impractical on the small, sloping lot, so the building was sold to 
a church congregation whose property bordered ours. Because 
of the generous donations of the late Paul Balsbaugh and his 
wife Blanche, 1/4 of the selling price was returned to Blanche 
and her family. 

At present, the MiWuk Meeting House is still being used for 
services and school. However, escrow closed the last days of 
1998. We have free use of the building for all of 1999. Then 
another location must be established, and the MiWuk Old 
Brethren Meeting House will be history. 

Lovefeasts for our congregation were always held at Salida, 
but we have precious memories of God's blessings on worship, 
fellowship, preaching, and instruction in this special place. 

Families living in this community included the Crawmers, 
Covers, Hitches, Millers, and later the Taylors, Browns, and 
Johnsons. — L.C. 

This article appeared in The Pilgrim, May-June, 1963: 

Special dedication and opening services were conducted 
Sunday, May 26, in the newly constructed church at MiWuk 
Village, California. Two services were held, the first at 10 
A.M. which was followed by a noon pot-luck luncheon. 
Afternoon services were held at 2:30 P.M. 

Elders Daniel F. Wolf, Paul Clark, and Joseph I. Cover 
conducted the service, Elder Christy Cover being unable to 

Both services were well attended by local neighbors and 
Christian friends, as well as many from the Modesto area. 

Elder Paul Balsbaugh, of the Old German Baptist Brethren 
assisted by leading the devotions in the afternoon service. 

The day will long be remembered as a memorable occasion 
by those of us who enjoyed the inspirational sermons and 
Christian fellowship together. 


Construction of the building was started about two years ago, 
and now that it is completed, we wish to extend a cordial 
invitation to everyone to come and worship with us. Our 
regular appointments are at 10 A.M. on the second and fourth 
Sunday of each month. 

Again we express our appreciation and gratitude to all those 
who have so faithfully and generously given of their time, labor, 
and means for the construction of the building and landscaping 
of the surrounding areas. 

We pray that this effort may be a blessing to the community, 
and redound to the glory of God through the furtherance of the 
Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Marvin Crawmer 
Long Barn, California 


Bradford, Ohio April 3,4 

Wakarusa, Indiana April 24,25 
Annual Meeting Salida, California May 21,22,23 

SAVAGE - A daughter, Rozella Grace Arline, born February 5 
to Dale and Jodi Savage of Gettysburg, Ohio. 
BROWN - A daughter, Melody Joy, born February 19 to Mark 
and Betsy Brown of Sonora, California. 
CABLE - A son, Luke Daniel, bora February 20 to Larry and 
Leanna Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

ROYER - A son, Gilbert James, born February 25 to Sam and 
Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 
MARTIN - A daughter, Lana Justine, born March 1 to Kevin 
and Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 
HUFFMAN - A son, Eli Eugene, born March 1 to Philip and 
Rlioda Huffman of New Lebanon, Ohio. 



Oh Lord, I am nothing without You; 
Of myself I am utterly weak; 
But thanks be to God, all is not lost 
If only "after Christ I will seek. 

For Jesus is always the answer 
To the troubles and trials of life; 
If we would only but seek Him, 
He would put an end to the strife. 

But Jesus is also seeking us; 
We must open the doors of our heart, 
For if we leave any door closed, 
Of Him we cannot be a part. 

So, dear friend, do not despair; 

To despair is to close the door. 

Let your heart and His be united in one; 

Let Jesus be everything and more. 
Julie Wemken 
Waterford, California 


"As thy days, so shall thy strength be." (Deut. 33:25) 

All our need, Father, Thou canst supply, 
Thine hand outstretching at Thy child's cry; 
Thy grace gives sweetly just what is fit, 
When nights are darkest, Thy stars are lit. 


Arms everlasting, weakness embrace; 
Giving for weariness, sweet resting place; 
Wings overspreading offer retreat, 
Covers from tempest, shadow from heat. 

In paths perplexing Thy way-marks show, 
When rain clouds gather, shineth Thy bow; 
Springs in dry places surely arise; 
Blossoming deserts give glad surprise. 

Balm for our bruises, cleansing for stain, 

Food for our fainting, from Thee we gain. 

Fulness of blessing Thou canst bestow, 

Such sure provision Thy children know. 
By Edith E. Smyth 
Selected by Murray Brillinger 
from the 1935 "Golden Grain Almanac" 


What God "hath said" shall come to pass. This fact and 
truth is a blessing and strength to all that have put their faith 
and trust in what God "hath said." They know it will come to 
pass. The proof of believing in what God "hath said" is how 
we respond to what He "hath said." The results that follow will 
then be the evidence, 

Man's reaction to the Biblical, historical account of creation 
reveals his proneness to doubt God. The results of this is man's 
continuous reminder of not believing in what He "hath said." 
Christ has revealed to man what will come to pass. Christ has 
declared that in time He will return and receive those that have 
proven His sovereignty and have declared His will in all 
generations, and will take them to heaven where His dwelling 


place is. After this ". . .the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from 
heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance 
on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. " (II Thess. 1 :7,8) 

This reveals two classes of people: those that choose to not 
know God, and those that know but do not obey the gospel of 
Jesus Christ. Their destiny is the same. 

Obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ is proving God's 
sovereignty in the midst of a crooked and perverse world, in 
that God is delivering them and their children from the powers 
of evil and darkness, and hath received them into the kingdom 
of light and salvation. (Acts 2:39, Col. 1:13) Man's effort to 
prove God's sovereignty outside of obedience to the gospel of 
Jesus Christ is proving its own fate in the loss of deliverance 
from the powers of evil for them and their posterity. Satan is 
powerless to deceive those that keep themselves in God's love. 

"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also 
sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, 
that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither 
pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on 
me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, 
Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: 
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the 
glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may 
be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that 
they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know 
that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved 
me." (John 17:18-23) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



What would Jesus do? 

I wonder, "What would Jesus do?" 
If He were here today; 
If He were put into my place, 
I wonder what He'd say. 

I wonder if He'd leave His friends 
Just to go and say, "Hi," 
To a new girl in the corner 
That seemed a little shy. 

Or maybe all the ones He's with 
Were leaving one boy out. 
I wonder if He'd do the same 
And laugh and point and shout. 

Wonder if He'd fit in the crowd, 
Or would He stand alone- 
Stand up for what He thought was right 
Or with the rest be blown. 

If you'll be truthful with yourself, 
I'm sure you'll quickly find 
That Jesus would be friends to all 
And leave no one behind. 

We need to live and always ask, 
"What's honest, brave, and true?" 
We need to judge our hearts each day 
By "What would Jesus do?" 

Regina Bayer 

Dayton, Ohio 



Joseph's Dream 

The Joseph who lived long ago had dreams that are 
recorded in the Bible. But the Joseph in this story is a little boy 
who lives now. This is the dream he had one night, with a few 
details changed so you can understand it. 

He dreamed that he was playing on the living room floor 
when he noticed a really bright light filling the front porch. Big 
brother Timothy was sitting in a chair, reading. As Joseph 
looked up toward heaven, he tried to tell Timothy "Bye," but he 
couldn't get it said. No one else was around, so he couldn't tell 
them "Bye." Then the dream was over. 

Later, though, he began thinking about what heaven would 
be like, and what it might feel like to go up to heaven. It was a 
rather scary thought to think of going to heaven alone. 
Running to Mother, he asked, "Can't you go with me when I go 
to heaven?" 

Mother thought a bit, then said, "Well, Joseph, it doesn't 
usually happen that people go to heaven together, unless Jesus 
comes and all of us go at the same time." 

"But I'm scared to go alone," Joseph said. He had a 
worried frown on his face. 

"Jesus will go With you, Joseph," Mother said. "He's gone 
from earth to heaven before, so He knows the way better than I 
do. He can take better care of you than I can." 

Joseph's face relaxed, and he ran back to play with his 
tractor and to think about Jesus taking him to heaven. He heard 
Mother in the kitchen singing: 

Oh, young pilgrims, are you weary 
Of the roughness of the way? 
Does your strength begin to fail you, 
And your vigour to decay? 



Jesus, Jesus will go with you; 

He will lead you to His throne: 

He who dyed His garments for you, 

And the wine-press trod alone. 
(#480 in our Hymnal) 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


If we believe what we profess- 
That heaven passes all in bliss- 
Then should we fear that home to gain 
Where pilgrims rest from toil and pain? L.C. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


See the Saviour in the garden 
Agonizing, bowed in prayer. 
Not a soul to bear His burden, 
Not a heart His grief to share. 
Listen to His earnest pleading; 
Sweat as drops of blood I see. 
Oh! that prayer pervaded heaven; 
And that prayer included me. 

See Him hated, scorned, derided, 

Thorns upon His sacred head. 

Meekly, with a heart of pity, 

No reviling word He said. 

Hear the mob demanding, shouting, 

"Crucify Him, "let it be. 

Still His heart is filled with mercy, 

And that mercy reaches me. 

Now the cruel nails have pierced Him, 

And upon the cross He hangs. 

Fiercest pain His body wracking, 

But the deepest of His pangs 

Is the stroke which justice tenders; 

Its demands He satisfies. 

Now He gives His life a ransom. 

Yes, for me, for me He dies. 

Miriam Sauder 
From Spiritual Hymns 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


The setting is "Gethsemane, the olive press 

(And why so called, let Christians guess,) 
Fit name, fit place, where vengeance strove, 
And gripped and grappled hard with love." 
It is night, and most of Jerusalem is sleeping. But Judas is very 
much awake having made his treacherous deal with the priests. 
He is on his way through Jerusalem with a motley band of men 
to point out the Savior and effect His arrest. The destination is 
this garden of Gethsemane where Jesus and His disciples would 
be passing the night. 

In the garden an earnest voice is heard pleading with the 
Father: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from 
me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." The owner of 
the voice is Jesus. Perspiration is pouring down His face like 
blood, soaking His garments. Now He is on His face in agony 
seeing before Him the humiliation and defilement of "being 
made sin for us." "Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree" is 
soon again to find fulfillment, this time as the spotless Lamb of 
God takes our place on the cross of suffering and death. 

The sinless Savior rises from His place of prayer. A short 
distance away are Peter and the sons of Zebedee, "the sons of 
thunder." But where is the thunder now? Where are the bold 
words of Peter, "Though I should die with thee, yet will I not 
deny thee" uttered only a few hours before? It's been a big day 
and a busy week. There was so much to remember-the time of 
triumph when the Savior rode into Jerusalem, the skilful, 
truthful answers Jesus had given the deceitful questions of the 
Jews, the clearing out of the money makers in the temple, the 


mystery of the supper this very evening. . . The peaceful Sea 
of Galilee was far away. 

But even that very day the Savior had packed the time with 
what sounded like last minute instructions to His disciples. 
Surely He could not be leaving them. His Kingdom was 
destined to flourish—grow and fill the earth. And they were to 
be kingpins in it! So they reasoned. Their hearts were full, but 
their heads were heavy. 

Jesus came to the sleepy group. "What, could ye not watch 
with me one hour?" (He knew them so well.) "Watch and 
pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is 
willing, but the flesh is weak. " 

Even these sober words could not ward off the sleep that 
dulled them. Three times Jesus left them to pray the same 
dreadful words. When He came the third time and found them 
asleep as before, He told them, "Sleep on now, and take your 
rest; behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is 
betrayed into the hands of sinners." 

We know the rest of the story. Throughout the night Jesus 
suffered trial, derision, buffeting, and condemnation. He carried 
His cross to Calvary, hung there in suffering, and died 
accomplishing our salvation. But He rose again in triumph with 
the suffering past and the prospect before Him of "bringing 
many sons to glory." 

We become sleepy, too; is it not so? Sleep is good for the 
body. "He giveth his beloved sleep," Jesus said, "Sleep on now 
and take your rest." He knew their need for rest. But there is 
another sleep that is dangerous and not for rest. When we sleep 
spiritually, we are not on guard watching, but are vulnerable to 
the attacks of Satan. Paul warned, "For this cause many are 
weak and sickly among you, and many sleep." Jesus charged 
them, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." A 
severe penalty was given to a sentry or watchman that slept at 


his post. A watchman not watching is like salt without savour 
or light that is darkness. 

We can stay awake today and watch with Jesus. He is right 
now applying to the hearts of His people the cleansing blood of 
His cross that will mean their salvation. Our part is to tell the 
good news of this grace of God that reaches out to all. We are 
to be awake and aware, ready to encourage and to be used. 

Parents can't save their children, but they can teach them of 
the Savior. Alert parents take every opportunity to press home 
the responsibility of each individual to hear and heed the 
Gospel. Respect for authority is one of the early lessons each 
must learn. 

One of the modern dangers is growing sleepy when we 
drive a car. We guard against it with NoDoz, coffee, and 
adequate rest because an accident on a high speed highway can 
be so disastrous. But is it any less serious when souls are at 
stake instead of bodies? The daily cares of this life crowd in 
and seem more vivid and vital than the hazards that threaten us 
for eternity. 

Jesus rose from the dead. He tells us, "Because I live, ye 
shall live also." Reminders of His resurrection are all around us 
in the form of pictures, observances, and the very awakening of 
nature in pleasant springtime. Let us not miss the vital spiritual 
issues in this last year of the 20th Century since Jesus was here 
and the 6th Millennium since creation. Let us not grow sleepy 
but remain alert and awake to what the suffering, death, and 
resurrection of Jesus means to a dying world. --L.C. 


Bradford, Ohio April 3,4 

Wakarusa, Indiana April 24,25 
Annual Meeting Salida, California May 21,22,23 
All are welcome. Come and bring friends. 



Is Easter only a celebration in memory of Christ's death 
and resurrection? Eberhard Arnold writes (1919) that it is 
much more— a time which should call us to renewed repentance 
and give us the strength to live "in the spirit of the risen Lord" 
every day of the year. 

Christians have often been attacked on account of their call 
to repentance. They are told that the unceasing accusation of 
the conscience paralyses man's initiative, takes away his 
freedom, and destroys his personality. Certainly one would 
have to come to this conclusion if one were to experience only 
the consciousness of sin by itself in its unfathomable depth. 
But the repentance called for by the saving proclamation of 
Christ cannot be separated from the proclamation of faith. The 
message of the cross is inseparably one with the proclamation of 
the risen One. 

Luther called for daily remorse and repentance because he 
experienced again and again the unconditional certainty of 
possessing the gift of salvation. It was his ever renewed 
experience of faith that no one could accuse or condemn God's 
elect. He knew himself to be justified by God Himself. He 
experienced the presence of the Christ who interceded for him 
with all that His death signified and with all the powers of His 
resurrected life. 

One of the things that cannot be explained in the experience 
of a Christian is that the deepest recognition of sin and the 
absolute freedom from all condemnation are completely one 
within him. The source of all inner freedom and of all joyful 
faith lies in God and Christ, while the murky depths of remorse 
and repentance are found only in ourselves. 

It is the soul's instinct of self-preservation which holds man 
back from complete honesty about his moral condition. 


Without the strength of the Gospel, the unrestrained insight into 
our own helplessness and badness would lead us to despair; for 
it is just when we attempt to apply the strictest self-discipline 
and firmest moral code that we are faced with the absolute 
impossibility of justifying ourselves before our own conscience 
and in the eyes of God. The Gospel wants the truth about our 
condition to come completely out into the open. At the same 
time, it offers us the one and only possibility of having a clear 
and joyful conscience and a merciful God in the midst of the 
deepest self-recognition. What we are unable to do with our 
moral and religious efforts, God has done: He has sent His 

Faith in this greatest fact of God's love cannot be shaken by 
anything, once we have grasped and experienced it. Even 
though all men speak against us, even though they accuse and 
condemn us, we believers in God and in Christ still cannot be 
discouraged. In such a situation we feel more than ever what it 
means to have a firm support for our trust and what He, in 
whom we cannot despair because He is the unclouded 
manifestation of the love of God, is to us. 

However hard the times, however low the ebb of moral and 
religious powers, this one fact remains: God gave His own Son 
for us. If, in the ebb and flow of the struggles emerging from 
the demands for justice and moral regeneration, we cannot find 
any people who in their actual lives realize God's nature through 
the spirit of pure love, still Jesus remains the only One whose 
living and dying was love become deed, and whose living and 
dying was real redemption for the whole man and for every 

This historical fact has become our spiritual experience of 
the present. An active proof of love, it means for us the 
certainty that God, in giving us Jesus, gives us everything. 
Because perfect love once became a deed and a man— in history- 
-fellowship with this man means the firm guarantee that the 


spirit of His love will became life and reality everywhere— hence 
here and now as well. Once we experience the life and death of 
His Son as the redemptive act of His love, we can no longer 
despair of God's love; we can no longer question His 
intercession for us. 

However, we would misuse and belittle the certainty of this 
love if its experience did not go hand in hand with the complete 
destruction of our own vanity and self-will. The collapse of our 
national pride, our self-accusation because of our guilt in 
history, the disintegration of our cultural values in state and 
church, and the repeated evidence that it is impossible to 
produce with purely human powers the conditions of peace and 
justice we long for; all these experiences are part of God's 
strategic plan to convince us that we need grace. 

Grace is the sovereign gift; we can do nothing to acquire it. 
That inner state in which it seems to us that everything we were 
clinging to has broken down is the preparation we need before 
we can receive the Christ. Only when everyone accuses us, 
only when we condemn ourselves in the sharpest way, are we in 
a condition of inner readiness for the message of salvation: 
"Christ Jesus is here, He who died, yes, He who rose again; He 
is at the right hand of God, He intercedes for us." (Rom. 8:34) 
When Christ manifests His powers of life in us, everything that 
burdened and oppressed us is overcome. 

The invincible power of the early Christians sprang from the 
fact that they believed in the presence of that same Christ who 
rose from the grave and ascended to the Father. We can believe 
in the powers of Jesus' death and the strength of His 
resurrection only when we experience the joy of the immediate 
presence of Christ. 

The first Christians lived by the promise of the risen One: "I 
am with you always, even to the end of the world." All their 
meetings were permeated by this certain faith. The fact that the 
risen Lord was experienced through His personal presence 


brought His moral earnestness and His commitment to love so 
close to the early Christians that they lived completely under 
this influence. The awareness of Jesus 1 presence was the secret 
of their strength. They experienced the risen One as the Spirit 
present among them. It was the sanctifying effect of this Spirit 
which manifested Jesus to them, from His resurrection on, as 
the Son of God, for it was through Him that they were freed 
from all bondage as one can only be freed by the Son of God. 
This spirit brought a complete freedom in the use of all man's 
gifts and powers, because the influence of the Spirit is direct. 
He awakened the soul to its vocation without making it 
dependent on others. He makes Himself one with our spirit to 
assure us of His witness concerning God's Son. In this Spirit 
every Christian movement and every active Christian possesses 
the personal presence of the risen One, the eternal power of His 
action, and the boundless love of His heart, in the knowledge 
that His teaching is valid and will never pass away. 

Selected by Michael Harris Used by permission of 
Plough Publishing House, Farmington, PA 15437 


Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them 
shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very 
hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye 
are of more value that many sparrows. (Mat 10:29-31) 

Mrs. Civilla Martin, author of this gospel hymn text, tells of 
a visit in 1904 to a bedridden Christian friend. Mrs. Martin 
asked the woman if she ever got discouraged because of her 
physical condition. Her friend responded quickly, "Mrs. Martin, 
how can I be discouraged when my heavenly Father watches 
over each little sparrow, and I know He loves and cares for 
me. n Within just a few minutes Mrs. Martin completed the 
writing of her new text, which has since been a source of much 
encouragement to many of God's people. 


It is interesting that our Lord chose the most common of all 
birds, sparrows of little value, to teach a profound truth: in 
God's eyes, no one is insignificant! He is vitally concerned with 
even the details of our lives. Notice also that the Bible uses 
another bird to teach this inspiring truth: Those who hope in 
the Lord will soar on wings like eagles. (Isa. 40:31) With an 
awareness of God's concern for our lives and the promise of His 
enabling power to live victoriously, why should we be afraid? 

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit 
be in the vines. . . Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the 
God of my salvation." (Hab. 3:17,18) 

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? 
Why should my heart be lonely And long for Heaven and home, 
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He; 
His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me. 

"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear, 
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubt and fears; 
Though by the path He leadeth, But one step I may see: 
His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me. 

Whenever I am tempted, Whenever clouds arise, 

When songs give place to sighing, When hope within me dies, 

I draw the closer to Him; From care He sets me free; 

His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me. 

I sing because I'm happy; I sing because I'm free, 

For His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me. 

Rest and rejoice in the assurance of God's love. Seek to 
bring a word of cheerful encouragement to some sick or invalid 
individual. Remind him of God's concern and the truth of this 

Selected by Ken Johnson 


Matthew 28:6 

Come see the place where Jesus lay; 

Visit the empty grave 

Where the stone door was rolled away; 

Jesus arose to save. 

See in the tomb the garments white, 

Folded and laid aside; 

Changed for the robes of dazzling light, 

Ever on Him abide. 

Come see the place the soldiers keep 
Watchful by day and night; 
Earthquaking power brings dreadful sleep, 
Jesus arose^the light. 
Death cannot hold the Prince of power, 
Rome's mighty seal is vain; 
In the great resurrection hour; 
Praise to the Lamb once slain. 

Come see the place where angels wait, 

Comfort and courage give; 

He is not here by death's dark gate; 

Jesus arose to live! 

Leaving death's gloomy shades of night, 

Bound, for eternal day; 

See in the tomb a ray of light 

Driving our fears away. 

Come see the place of death's despair, 

See all his hosts of slain; 

Jesus brought hope and victory there, 

Jesus arose to reign. 

Death's mighty power of darkness done, 

Death shall be cast away; 

Jesus the Victor, glory won, 

Safe in eternal day. 

J. I. Cover 



God created man with a will and with the freedom to 
choose what he willed. God would not be giving him free 
choice had He not allowed a spirit to contest his will. 

For God to give man this freedom was the highest honor He 
could have bestowed on man. Without this freedom, it would 
have been impossible for God and man to have a relationship 
that would bless and bring fulfillment. God's kingdom was 
established. Earth was a paradise. There was nothing to mar 
happiness. There were no rude alarms; peace and tranquillity 
reigned. God and man had a glorious relationship. This was 
because man chose to have it so. 

But in time man yielded to the spirit that opposed God. 
Man's choice to oppose God changed the atmosphere of the 
universe. Nature's forces brought destruction and fear, and 
above all, suffering and death for all living things and separation 
between God and man. Men separated from God were now on 
their own. They began to multiply, and this soon developed 
into a lawless society which created a need for a governing 
authority. This developed into a rivalry which destroys the 
kingdom of men. Therefore all earthly kingdoms fall 

In the midst of this, God established a kingdom through the 
posterity of one man, the patriarch Abraham. This also came to 
an end because it could not change the spirit in fallen man, 
although it served its purpose in revealing God's sovereignty, 
and the righteousness that He requires of all men. 

When the fullness of time appeared, God established a 
kingdom that is eternal by His only begotten Son, the Lord 
Jesus Christ. The eternal security of this kingdom is sealed by 
the Spirit of the living God by destroying the power of death 
and hell in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. 


Jesus pled with man that they would repent and believe the 
gospel of the kingdom, for this is eternal life. This statement 
encompasses the total requirement of a valid passport to enter 
this kingdom and to attain citizenship. Repentance is 
crucifixion of the flesh; to believe is faith that proves this death 
by acts of the will. Only when the flesh is crucified can it love. 
Only in this can we fulfill the first and second commandments. 

Acts of the will that prove our citizenship: 

Matthew 18:3: Become as little children 

John 3:5: Born of water and of the Spirit 

Acts 14:22: Through much tribulation 

Romans 14:17: Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy 

I Thessalonians 2:12: Walk worthy of God 

II Thessalonians 1:4: Patience and faith in all persecution 
Hebrews 12:28: Reverence and godly fear 
Revelation 1:9: Companions in tribulation 

Kenneth Martin 


Many government-sponsored doctors in Eastern Europe pay 
very little attention to a patient unless they are given some 
money or a gift in advance. This is not the official policy, but 
it's the way it works. If someone needs to have an operation or 
see a doctor, they may be taken to the hospital and left lying 
there in pain unless they have money or something else to win 
the doctor's favor. 

Vili Lungu, our contact in Ukraine, related the following 
sad, but true, story. It emphasizes the selfishness and lack of 
concern some doctors in Eastern Europe have and the 
lamentable level of medical care many of our brothers and 
sisters experience there. 


A boy in Ukraine was seriously injured in a street accident. 
Some bystanders who saw what happened took him to the 
hospital. They didn't know who the child was; they just 
dropped him off and went on their way. 

The nurses realized the boy was in very critical condition. 
They went to the doctor, who was in another room, and said, 
"There's a boy here who was in an accident. He needs your 
attention; you need to see him as soon as you can!" 

The doctor asked, "Who's with the boy?" 

"No one." 

"There are no parents or anyone with him?" 


The doctor realized that if there was no one with the child, 
there would be no benefits for him. So he said, unconcernedly, 
"I'll be there." He kept on working. 

A while later the nurses came back and tried again to tell the 
doctor how critical the boy's case was, and urged him to come 
right away. Again he just said, "I'll be there when I can." But 
he didn't bother to even look at the boy. 

After a while, the boy died. 

Upon hearing this, the doctor finally went to look at the 
child, and discovered the boy was his own son. 

From Christian Aid Ministries Newsletter 

FOR YOUTH: The Measuring Rod of God 
If you have never read the story titled "Measuring Day," we 
would encourage you to do so. It shows us that many times 
our measuring rod (judgments) of others is often inaccurate. 
God measures us by the attitude of our hearts. We measure by 
what we see with our eyes because we can't know for sure what 
is in man's heart as God can. Actually, we aren't called upon to 
see how others measure up. That is God's business because He 
is just and very wise. 

We feel sad when we fall into the temptation to measure 
another or hear anyone else do this. The only one made happy 
is our adversary when this is done because he hates God and 
His just ways. 

God's measuring rod is by "The Power of His Word," "The 
Blood of Christ," "Through Prayer," and "A Surrendered Life," 
which, Lord willing, may be titles for future articles. When we 
are busy studying and applying God's Word in our life, we 
realize our many weaknesses and don't feel comfortable 
measuring up others. 

Even as children, we appreciated a saying Mother had on 
the wall: "There is so much bad in the best of us and so much 
good in the worst of us that it hardly behooves any of us to talk 
about the rest of us." We all know this to be true, but many 
times "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." We 
just want to encourage all of us to try to overcome this dreadful 
temptation. When we do lower another's reputation by unkind 
words, or slight and hurt another by unkind deeds, let us try to 
undo the wrong. God's measuring rod would be to do to others 
as you would have others do to you. 

You may think this should be written for the children's page, 
but really, even we older ones need to be reminded of this. This 
temptation follows us all our life; we just aren't as open with it 
as children. You are in the bloom of youth, and your character 
is being developed. We encourage you to "be strong in the 
grace that is in thee," as Paul told Timothy. This is good 
instruction for the girls too. Keep high standards in a humble 
manner because "Pride goeth before a fall," we read in 
Proverbs. God's measuring rod, His Word, tells us we should 
"esteem others better than ourselves." 

Try to be a good example as true believers in Christ Jesus, 
our Savior, walking in His footsteps. Ask yourself the question 
when temptation comes your way or a decision must be met: 
"What would Jesus do or say?" We are praying for you. 
James and Betty Beery Williamsport, Indiana 


Window Washing 

Crunch - crunch - rattle - rattle. Cheryl's job was a noisy 
one. It was a lovely spring day, and Mother planned to wash 
windows. She and Kathy were gathering their buckets, rags, 
and ladders, while Cheryl's job was to crunch up old newspaper 
pages. Mother knew that newspaper could be used to make 
windows shine. 

Cheryl was busily crunching papers when she noticed a 
truck drive into the neighbor's driveway. The truck had 
"Winslow's Window Washing Service" painted on the side. 
Two men hopped out of the truck, quickly set ladders up at 
windows, and began to work. They had special equipment, and 
it took very little time to do a window. Cheryl was fascinated- 
so much so that she forgot to keep crunching newspapers. 

Meanwhile, Mother and Kathy were on ladders washing 
windows with rags and rubbing them dry with the crunched 
newspapers. Suddenly, they had used all Cheryl had ready. 
"Keep crunching, Cheryl," Mother called. "We're ready for 

"Why can't we get those men to wash our windows?" 
Cheryl asked. "It would save us so much time and work. I hate 
to crunch these old papers!" 

"Well, there are two reasons that I think of right off," 
answered Mother as she wrung water out of her rag. "The first 
is that God gave us strong, healthy bodies so we could work. 
Do you think He would be pleased if we didn't use our bodies 
to do our work? 

"The second reason is that it costs a lot of money to hire 
window-washers. Even though we might have the money to 
pay window-washers, that would not be making good use of it. 
Instead, we can use that money to help someone who is really in 
need; someone who has a big hospital bill to pay, for instance. 

Since Mrs. Barnes gives us these old papers, and we use worn- 
out clothes for rags, it costs us almost nothing to wash the 
windows ourselves. We are trying to be good stewards of the 
money God lets us have. Now, please crunch more newspapers 
for us, quickly." 

Obediently, Cheryl began crunching newspapers as fast as 
she could. Her mind was as busy as her hands, as she thought 
about what Mother had said. She remembered part of a verse 
Daddy had read from the Bible just this morning, "... let him 
labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he 
may have to give to him that needeth." (Eph. 4:28b) 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg. Ohio 

A pilgrim follows Christ the Lord, 
Obedient to His Holy Word; 
No task too low, no day too drear, 
No step too steep, no need for fear -L.C. 










VOL. 46 MAY r 1999 No. 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul," I Peter 2:11 


Great was the day, the joy was great, 
When the devout disciples met; 
While on their heads the Spirit came, 
And sat like tongues of cloven flame. 

What gifts, what miracles He gave! 
And power to kill and power to save! 
Furnished their tongues with wondrous words 
Instead of shields and spears and swords. 

Thus armed, He sent the champions forth, 
From east to west, from south to north; 
Go, and assert your Saviour's cause, 
Go, spread the mystery of His cross. 

These weapons of the holy war, 
Of what almighty force they are 
To make our stubborn passions bow 
And lay the proudest rebel low! 

Nations, the learned and the rude, 
Are by these heavenly arms subdued, 
While Satan rages at his loss, 
And hates the doctrine of the cross. 

Great King of grace, my heart subdue; 
I would be led in triumph too, 
A willing captive to my Lord, 
And sing the victories of His word. 

Isaac Watts From Spiritual Hymns 

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If one of the saddest English words is "alone," one of the 
dearest is "mother," For those of us who had good mothers, 
these two words are opposites. A beautiful picture is that of a 
child happily running to his mother's arms for comfort. The 
opposite is a time when children were cruelly torn from a 
mother's arms as when slave families were separated— sold to 
different masters. Whether servants or queens, mothers are 
mothers, and they resist separation from their children. 

What are mothers like? 

Mothers care. Though she is our daughter and it touches 
our hearts, we see this motherly care when Ina plunged into the 
manure lagoon up to her neck to rescue her son Kirt from 
drowning in the filth. Typical of mother love? Without a 
doubt. Some mothers might shrink from the thought, but nearly 
all would do the same thing. 

Mothers are capable. Kirt had stopped breathing. He had 
drawn filth into his lungs. But his mother was able (by God's 
grace) to get him revived until the doctor could take over. 
Mothers are used to solving their children's problems. I 
remember watching my mother sew patches on my trousers. 
She knew just how to do it, having had so much practice! To 
this day I could describe her skilful method. She could also cut 
fingernails with her scissors, quickly set a table with good food, 
bathe a couple of small boys in the tub at the same time, 
carefully smear iodine on a cut with sympathy for the stinging, 
pilot the Model A over the narrow, country roads, and make 
sure we had clean clothes and clean ears. 

Mothers remember. They remember their children's 
lunches, their coats, and their homework. They remember their 


children. In Isaiah 49:15, the comparison is made of a mother's 
remembering her child to God's remembering Zion. "Yea, they 
may forget, yet will I not forget thee." Of course, God's 
concern is greater, but the fact that He used this comparison 
shows the magnitude of a mother's remembering love. 

Mothers are ingenious. They come up with games, pictures, 
storybooks and "what have you" for the entertainment of their 
little ones. Perhaps it is somewhat in self-defense to keep the 
children occupied but nevertheless, it is there, a resource of 
value that we fathers cannot match. 

Mothers run. They have to. From emergencies to quick 
meals, mothers produce the goods. If she is not running to 
provide, she is running to protect. One of my friends, the father 
of five boys, said, "You don't teach them to walk; you let them 
find it out! " But that was from a father. 

Mothers sacrifice. What mother has not lost sleep to care 
for her child? A sad case was reported in the Budget when in 
Romania last month, a Christian mother of seven in her early 
thirties died from a blow on her head when she fainted from 
malnutrition. She had been giving up her small share of food so 
that her children could eat. The one reporting said that, though 
there was no food, her one room house was clean and tidy, and 
her children showed exceptionally good training. She was a 
devout Christian, but her husband was not. Just the day before, 
CAM had been distributing food in the village, but had not 
realized this home was there with so much need. We have 
examples in the animal kingdom of sacrifice and care for their 
young, but they cannot match that of our human, godly 

Mothers want the best for their children. Surely this is 
nearly universal But it is especially noteworthy when Christian 
mothers know what is best and direct their children to the 
Savior. Susanna Wesley, a famous and exemplary mother, had 
a goal that her sons would make an impact on the world for 


God's Kingdom. She did not know how it would be done, but 
she trained her children and prayed and trusted God. The result 
was John Wesley, who set records as a tireless preacher, 
traveling over 250,000 miles mostly on horseback, and giving 
sometimes four or five sermons a day for over fifty years; and 
Charles Wesley who was famous for the hymns he composed- 
over 6,000, many of which are used by most churches today. 
Some precious ones include "Father, I Stretch My Hands to 
Thee," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," "Arise, My Soul, Arise," 
and "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing!" 

Hannah, the godly mother of the prophet Samuel, dedicated 
her son to the service of God. He anointed King Saul and King 
David, and served as a link between the Judges and the 
Kingdom of Israel. Halley comments, "All honor to his mother, 
Hannah. A noble example of motherhood, her son turned out 
to be one of the noblest and purest characters in history." 

Other biblical examples of godly mothers could be noted: 
Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David; Sarah, an aged 
mother who "judged him faithful who had promised" and was 
delivered of a child (Isaac) when she was past age; Elizabeth, 
the mother of John the Baptist; and above all, Mary, the virgin 
mother of Jesus Christ the Savior. Mary's words show her 
submission to God: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it 
unto me according to thy word." 

We can find godly, Christian mothers even closer- in our 
own crowd. I am married to one, and so are many of you men 
who read this. They care; they run; they remember; they 
train, trust, and pray. They include those dear sisters who have 
no children of their own but give themselves for the children of 
others: their nieces, nephews, and other little ones. 

Praise our Heavenly Father for our godly mothers. -L.C. 

A mother's arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep 
well in them, —Victor Hugo 



What do they have in common? Generally speaking, when 
you desire something for the satisfying of your wants, you don't 
really need it. In a world of plenty, and freedom to purchase 
what we want, the Christian is under great pressure to make the 
proper choices in buying. Even if you don't have the money to 
purchase what you desire to have, the seller is seemingly very 
willing to give you the credit on the spot in order to supply your 
wants at the moment. They know full well that this desire often 
is swallowed up or forgotten in some new desire that comes 
along. Therefore they pursue a tactic that entraps the impulsive 
one into agreements that often would have been avoided if 
pressure was not involved. I have found it particularly irritating 
to go to a store with the attitude of comparing price and quality 
with the needs at hand, only to be insulted with the thinking that 
if they can convince me that I really desire the product and that 
because I want it, I need it, therefore finalizing the sale. Oh, 
and just because it is more than you can afford right now, not to 
worry; we'll gladly let you put the remainder on credit and pay 
for it over the next few months. Often the unsuspecting or the 
less prudent one can be caught in something that later will be 
regretted. Also, it is very tempting to allow our desires to 
override our better judgment when put in the position of being 
able to have what we want even if we do not have the money to 
buy it. 

I can recall a time when I was watching for a pickup in the 
right price range. In a small town I found one that fit the need 
and was also in the general price range, though a little more 
than I would pay. Sitting at the salesman's desk, (after a short 
drive in the pickup) I found myself staring at lien papers and a 
pen being given me to fill them out. This man actually thought 
that because it was what I wanted, I would immediately sign on 


to something that was more than I could afford just to satisfy 
my desires. 

People today will spend tremendous amounts on credit 
cards just to satisfy this empty craving inside for more 
possessions. And until we learn to recognize the difference 
between wants and needs, we can be caught in the trap of 
spending to satisfy desire. The sales pitch of today is, "You 
want it; we have it; and you can have it right now." 

There is really not long term satisfaction in something that is 
acquired only to fill an immediate desire. Not only do we need 
to be careful that we don't buy things we can't afford, but also 
that we don't buy things that we don't need just because we can 
afford them. I'm not saying that we should never buy things 
that are not critical to our survival, but that we should be 
careful of buying things to be noticed as a financially successful 
individual. I really believe that there is a difference in spending 
the necessary amount to acquire quality, and the extra amount 
to stand out as successful. 

I struggle with the temptation of not being content with just 
the necessity, but I want the necessity with style and comfort. 
In a land of abundance and opportunities that prevail to become 
well off in the financial world, we have a greater responsibility 
to use moderation in our spending. We do well when we make 
a purchase, to consider our needs and whether they are what 
motivates us or whether it is our desires that drive us to make 
this purchase. Remember always that all we have or are able to 
acquire is bqcause of the Lord's abundant blessings, and 
ultimately we will have to give an answer for all that we do. 

"All is thine, O Lord. Give us the wisdom to use it properly 
and to give Thee credit for all that is good." 

Sincerely, John L. Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 



Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch 
like me!. . . Surely every born again Christian can relate to that 
last phrase— that saved a wretch like me! This really was our 
state until we asked for the redeeming grace of our Savior Jesus 
Christ to save us from our sins. Over Romans 3 in my Bible is 
the heading "All Have Sinned." This is where we are outside of 
Christ. Verse 10 though 18 of that same chapter points out in 
very descriptive terms the condition of man without Jesus 
Christ. What Jesus did for every man on Calvary is truly 
amazing. His grace is sufficient for all. 

Paul writing to the Corinthians (II Cor. 12) talks about his 
own struggles, and Jesus tells him (verse 9), "My grace is 
sufficient for thee. . ." The song goes on: "I once was lost but 
now am found; Was blind but now I see. " Praise God that we 
don't have to stay blind in sin but that our eyes can be opened to 
see and believe the wonderful things Jesus has done for every 
man. Grace and salvation through Jesus Christ are free, but we 
must respond by realizing our need for forgiveness, being 
baptized, and cleansed in His blood. Truly God's grace is 

David Cover 
Tuolumne, California 

WAGNER - A son, Joshua Kendall, born March 26 and 
received by adoption on April 13 to Eddie and Deann Wagner 
of Salida, California. 

MARTIN - A daughter, Greta Brooke, born April 7 to Jon and 
Lisa Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BRUBAKER - A daughter, Brianna Janelle, born April 17 to 
Eric and Laura Brubaker of Tuolumne, California. 



That they were at first held in the most simple manner, even 
as our ordinary council meetings have been held up to our own 
times, is evident from all the testimony we could gather. 
Brethren met on Friday morning before Pentecost and opened 
as usual by singing, exhortation, prayer, and perhaps reading the 
Scriptures. Having met in the fear of the Lord, and invited Him 
to preside over the meeting, and prayed for the Holy Spirit to 
guide and direct all hearts, they considered the meeting ready 
for business. Cases were presented and decided, questions 
asked and answered, all by word of mouth as in ordinary 
council meetings; there was no clerk chosen nor minute taken, 
and hence it is that our records are so meagre for the first 
twenty-five or thirty yearly Pentecostal meetings. When any 
important case or cases had been presented, it was answered 
afterward by letter to the church or churches that had presented 
them. Of these manuscript letters a goodly number yet extant 
have been collected with great care, and are embodied in this 
present work. 


When in course of time it came to pass, that among many 
questions, also improper ones, were asked in the presence not 
only of a great number of brethren and sisters, but also of 
strangers, it was counseled and concluded that five, seven or 
more of the oldest ministers should, after opening the meeting, 
retire to a private place where those who had questions to ask 
or cases to present might present them; while at the same time 
younger ministers might exercise themselves in preaching, and 
edify the people. This order prevailed up to our own time, as 
many elder brethren can testify as well as the writer. Some few 
of those questions were privately answered; others were 


answered by letter to the church concerned, and only questions 
of general interest were reserved for public discussion. There 
were some advantages and some disadvantages in this change, 
and it is hard to tell on which side was the preponderance. 
Before the change we believe, the council consumed but one 
day (Friday) in most cases; on Saturday was public worship 
during the day, and in the evening love feast, and on Lord's day 
(Pentecost) morning solemn worship, at the close of which the 
whole meeting was considered ended, and the people departed 
to their own homes about noon. Upon the whole, this first 
change worked well and was a judicious one. It seems to have 
given general satisfaction to the church for a great number of 
years even up to A.D. 1830 and 1831 where the writer was an 
eye and ear witness. To his certain knowledge, this improved 
yet simple manner of holding our yearly meetings still prevailed. 
Thus far no change or extension in the time has taken place. 
The meeting commenced Friday morning and broke up on 
Lord's day noon. We will try to set before our readers a simple 
description of what we witnessed at those two first Y.M.'s we 
ever attended among perhaps more than thirty such meetings at 
which we were present within thirty-six years past. 

On Friday morning at an early hour, meeting commenced as 
usual. When worship was over, one of the oldest brethren 
made a brief statement, according to which it became the duty 
of the elders of the church where the Y.M. was held, to 
nominate those brethren who should receive the messages, etc. 
and conduct the business of the meeting. This nominating was 
done simply thus: the brother stepped up to what may be called 
the ministers' table, and with a sweep of his hand pointed out 
those seated behind that table as his and the church's choice, 
without naming them, and told them to follow him to a private 
place. When these arose in order to retire, some one mentioned 
that during their absence the congregation might be edified by 
preaching, which was done by those younger ministers who felt 


disposed or were called upon to do so, one by one, until the 
elder brethren returned to the congregation, and business 
meeting was commenced, and continued, if necessary, till 
Saturday noon. Then after dinner, public worship began again, 
and in the evening the great love feast and communion was 
held, and on Lord's day morning (Pentecost) the solemn 
worship of God commenced at an early hour and continued till 
noon when the great congregation was dismissed, and dispersed 
after partaking of some refreshments. Thus the ordinary time 
consumed by those meetings had been only two days and a half 

By Elder Henry Kurtz 
From Brethren's Encyclopedia compiled by O. C Cripe, 1922 


We hustle and bustle and hurry along; 
We labor and struggle, scarce time for a song. 
We want to serve Jesus but oft' we forget; 
All earthly will perish when life's sun has set. 

The things that today seem important to do, 
Will seem mighty little when this life is through. 
The work that was needful will matter not then. 
What then is important till Christ comes again. 

Let's daily praise Jesus through all that we do; 
In labor or worship, let His love shine through. 
Encourage and lift up the sad lonely one, 
That they be encouraged to live for the Son. 

For if we help others as onward we go, 
God daily will bless us and cause us to grow; 
And then when He calls us, our treasures will be 
Where we will be living— in eternity. 

James Beery, Williamsport, Indiana 





It is only through God's love and mercy that man can be 
reconciled to God. 

To be able to acknowledge God's mercy and respond to it in 
truth are the terms of salvation. Mercy received is an unmerited 
gift. To be able to respond to this with our emotions that 
empower us to repentance and obedience to the gospel is what 
ushers us in to the realm of God's love and worship. 

To the believer, God's mercy is a daily experience and 
communication with Him. "It is of the Lord's mercies that we 
are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are 
new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." (Lam. 3:22,23) 

God's mercy is extended to all people, but those that 
respond, know, and fear Him will receive the fullness of His 

"But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting 
upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's 
children." (Psalm 103:17) 

To respond to God's mercy is a salvation requirement. "Let 
not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; 
write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find 
favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man." 
(Pro. 3:3,4) 

As God has proven His faithfulness in mercy, He calls us to 
the same. "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain 
mercy." (Matt. 5:7) "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father 
also is merciful." (Luke 6:36) 

The proof of God's promise and assurance of His mercy in 
the time of need is that all who have called on Him in truth have 
received His mercy. 

All men are in need of mercy because of our inherited 
nature. To acknowledge this is an expression of humility. It 


calls us to a position of subordination to the Giver. This then is 
the balm that restores our soul and bonds our lives to one 
another. This proves to the world in picture language the glory 
of our heavenly Father. 

To exalt God's mercy, in truth, is declaring our inability to 
attain salvation ourselves. "Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon 
them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy." (Psalm 
33:18) "Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is 
mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption." (Psalm 130:7) 
"The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that 
hope in his mercy." (Psalm 147: 1 1) 

To cry out for mercy can never come from a demanding 
spirit. To not be able to respond in thanksgiving and honor to 
the giver of mercy, either God or man, is proof that it has not 
blessed us spiritually. 

The proof of being merciful : Luke 10:36,37. 

The proof of being blessed by God's mercy: Luke 17:15; 
18:13,14; IlCor. 4;1; James 3:17. 

The proof of not being able to receive God's mercy: Luke 
16:24; 18:11,12,14. 

The source of mercy is love; the act of mercy is sacrifice. 
"Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on 
the things of others." (Phil. 2:4) "Keep yourselves in the love of 
God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto 
eternal life." (Jude 21) 

Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy 
endureth for ever. (Psalm 107:1) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Salida, California May 21, 22, 23 
All are welcome. Come and bring your friends. 


Tame the Tongue (A true story) 

The Oaks family of six were especially excited to be invited 
to Aunt Betty's home for Sunday dinner. 

On the way to church that morning, fifteen year old Sarah 
quietly listened to the conversation of Father and Mother in the 
front seat. Father conversed to Mother how he was yearning 
for the morning message, and he knew the Lord would reveal 
something to them through the Holy Spirit. 

Soon the sermon began. Brother Fred preached a firm and 
powerful message about "The Fear of the Lord." God wants us 
to reverence Him in godly fear. He told us about the people of 
the world who have no fear, and about the Christians who do 
know fear because they fear a loving and wise God who knows 
all things. Before long, the last song died away, the last prayer 
was prayed, and the entire congregation was dismissed in godly 

Soon the Oaks family were on their way to Aunt Betty's. 
Sarah could hardly wait as she hoped that she could help serve 
the dinner and help in the kitchen too. 

Before long, others arrived too, making a large gathering of 
people to eat lunch and fellowship together. Sarah helped Aunt 
Betty prepare a table to set food on. 

Soon Sister Rosie came into the kitchen with her arms full 
of food. Sarah stepped forward and asked, "May I help you?" 

Sister Rosie replied, "No! Just get out of my way!" 

Sarah's heart was torn. She started to walk out of the 
kitchen when Aunt Betty called her to stir the soup. 

Poor Sarah was still heartbroken as she relayed the story to 
Mother that evening. Sarah wondered, "Rosie surely must not 
fear an awesome God!" 


Young people, was it kind to speak like Rosie did? 
Shouldn't Rosie have been happy to know that someone 
offered to help her? What should Rosie have said to show that 
she was a Christian? 

Young people and parents alike, let's be polite in our speech 
and conversation. Our words should be "alway with grace, 
seasoned with salt." Kind words should always be spoken from 
a contrite heart of love. 

A servant of Jesus Christ, 
Shirley L. Frick 


We express our thanks for all the thoughts, prayers, cards, 
and financial aid we received over Lana's sickness and Kirt's 
accident. Surely the Lord was merciful to us. Let us continue 
to pray for each other. 

Kevin and Ina Martin and family 


Who plants a seed plants faith and trust, 
For only sun and rain 
That comes with passing seasons 
Can change the seed to grain. 

Who plants a hope plants future days, 
For only time can bring 
The dream to fullest blossom, 
The thrush to try his wing. 

Who plants a seed plants faith in God, 

For only He could know 

How seeds and earth and sun and rain 

Can make new gardens grow. 

Ethelyn M. Kincher, 
From Seeking True Values 

This, Too, Shall Pass Away 

One look at the twins told why they were staying in bed all 
day. Edwin's and Edward's faces were covered with red spots. 
They had chicken pox! Their fever made them miserable, and 
their bodies itched all over. They tossed. They turned. They 
whimpered. They even got angry at each other sometimes. 

Mother came into the room with a fresh drink for them. 
She also gave them some medicine to help them feel a little 
better. But that didn't stop the itching. "Don't scratch, boys." 
she reminded. "Scratching makes it take longer for the pox to 
heal, and might cause a permanent scar. I'll give you another 
soda bath after supper. 

"But, Mother," wailed Edwin. "How can we stand to just 
lie here and itch?" 

"The more we think about it, the harder it itches." added 
Edward. "It itches till it hurts. Please read us a story, Mother." 

"Please, please do," echoed Edwin. 

"Tell you what, boys. Suppose we make a motto to hang 
on the wall where you can see it. I'll bring in the folding table 
to work on, and you may watch me make it." Mother brought 
the table; then she gathered up cardboard, crayons, and 
markers. The twins watched closely as she began to use the 
blue crayon, then an eraser to make a feathered look around 
where the words would be. Around the outer edge, she used a 
blue marker to color a solid border. 

"Now for the words," Mother said. "While that border 
dries, I'll go see if I can find a poem which uses the words I will 
put on the motto. You probably won't understand the poem, 
but you can understand these words." 

While Mother was gone, Edward asked, "What words do 
you think she'll put on the motto?" 

"Oh, maybe 'God Is Love' or 'The Lord Is My Shepherd,'" 
answered Edwin. 

"Wrong!" said Mother as she returned, "Now, listen to this 
poem, then guess again." She read the poem to them, then 
picked up the red marker and began lettering the motto. After a 
few letters, Edwin caught on. "This, too, shall pass away!" he 
nearly shouted. 

"Seeing this motto will remind you that your chicken pox 
won't itch forever. Even the red spots will disappear in a week 
or so." Mother hung the finished motto on a nail, smiled at the 
boys, and went to prepare supper. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


Lift the curtain, weary pilgrim, 
When the day of life is long 
Look beyond the present toiling, 
Where is heard the better song. 

Hymn 521 

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VOL.46 JUNE r 1999 Nq^ 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. " I Peter 2:11 


Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! 
O my soul, praise Him, for His is thy health and salvation! 

All ye who hear, 

Now to His temple draw near; 

Join me in glad adoration! 

Praise ye the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth, 
Shelters thee under His wings; yea, so gently sustaineth! 

Hast thou not seen 

How all thy longings have been 

Granted in what He ordaineth? 

Praise ye the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; 
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. 

Ponder anew 

What the Almighty can do, 

If with His love He befriend thee. 

Praise ye the Lord! let all that is in me adore Him! 
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. 
Let the Amen 

Sound Thy desires e'er hast gain: 
Gladly for aye we adore Him. 

By Joachim Neander 

Translated by Catherine Winkworth 

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At tax time we all must fill out income tax forms, and one of 
the blanks calls for "number of dependents." How many 
dependents do you have? Or are you a dependent? A 
dependent is one who "depends" on another or needs to look to 
another for sustenance of some kind. We are all dependent 
upon God. 

Psalm 104 speaks of this dependence of God's creation 
upon Him: "These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give 
them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they 
gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. 
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their 
breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth 
thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the 
earth." (verses 27-30) The writer exclaims (v. 24), "O Lord, 
how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them 
all: the earth is full of thy riches." 

We begin this life very, very dependent on our parents. 
Perhaps God wanted to demonstrate our dependence on Him 
when we are babes in Christ, for some of the created beings 
depend very little on their parents. But human babies would 
simply die without the care of adults. Even when we reach a 
measure of maturity in Christ, we still need Him every hour. 

God promises to supply all our needs. The problem with us 
is sometimes determining whether what we want is really a 
need. But Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father is more 
willing to give us good things than we fathers are to give good 
gifts to our children. "If ye then, being evil, know how to give 
good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father 


which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" 
(Mat 7:11) 

God wants us to acknowledge that we need Him. The 
hymn says: Father, I stretch my hands to Thee, 
No other help I know; 
If Thou withdraw Thyself from me, 
Ah! whither shall I go? 
It is good to count the ways in which we are dependent upon 
God (if we can count that far!). Even the unbelievers depend 
on God for each breath and. each morsel of food. There is no 
area of our lives in which we can say, "I am self-sufficient; I 
need no help." 

Though it all comes from God, to lack natural food is 
almost unknown in our present setting. But this is a concern 
many have regarding the possible changes at the end of this 
year. We need the discipline of trust in God for all that we 
really need. The widow of Zarephath in Elijah's time came to 
the end of her resources. I Kings 17:12: "And she said, As the 
Lord liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a 
barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering 
two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that 
we may eat it, and die." Elijah told her what to do; she obeyed; 
and God miraculously provided for her food for at least the 
duration of the famine. 

David wrote (Psalm 37:25): "I have been young, and now 
am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed 
begging bread." We sing "Great is Thy faithfulness" from 
Lamentations 3:23, and Jeremiah could write this even while 
mourning the calamities of Judah and Israel We know it is 
true, and what David wrote is true. Yet in the Gospel age there 
have been hardships, hunger, and even martyrdom for God's 
people. But this does not mean God has forsaken those who go 
through trials. Read Psalm and realize the truth of the physical 
protection under the Old Covenant, but the more important 


spiritual protection under the New. The writer (Moses?) 
desperately needed a refuge, a fortress, and protection from his 
enemies. We have the same assurance of protection from the 
adversary of our souls. 

Paul lists his troubles in II Corinthians 11, his shipwreck, his 
beatings, his perils of all kinds, his hunger and thirst. It almost 
appears that God had forsaken him. We know He did not. Paul 
testifies in 12:10: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in 
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for 
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." We see 
that God was right there with him, giving him strength to bear 
what He allowed Paul to suffer. 

How is it with us? Can we see God's provision for us even 
in every trial or trouble? Can we realize and confess our total 
dependence on God's delivering grace? He assures us that His 
grace is sufficient. 

We haven't touched on our dependence on one another. 
Paul admonishes us to bear one another's burdens and so fulfill 
the law of Christ. We also have children and a whole new 
generation, in a sense, depending on us older ones. When Paul 
says that the parents should lay up for the children, (in II Cor. 
12:14) I'm sure he means more that natural provision. There is 
a heritage of faith that we can leave even though our children 
will still have the responsibility to choose. 

Above all, trust in the Lord. Jesus has promised to never 
forsake us or leave us. May we sense the reality of our need for 
God and say with the Psalmist: "As the hart panteth after the 
water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul 
thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and 
appear before God?" (Psm. 42:1,2) 

May we look to our Heavenly Father as hungry children 
depend on their parents to supply their daily food. He knows 
better that* we do what we really need, and He knows how to 
supply all our needs. -L.C. 



"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, 

but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness to his bones." 

Proverbs 12:4 

What comes to your mind when you think of a crown? 
Something hiding in the closet collecting dust? Hardly. We 
immediately picture something glorious; something very 
beautiful to behold. Almost unconsciously we envision the 
honor, dignity, and power which a crown represents. Try to 
imagine a crown of pure gold, inset with thousands of diamonds 
and hundreds of pearls. Wouldn't it be beautiful? Now think of 
a woman who is "made of pure gold." Her heart is set on 
following Jesus. Her motives, actions, and words are pure 
before God. She has hundreds of little attributes that make her 
shine. Doesn't this sound just as beautiful? Doesn't it sound 
like an outstanding woman? Does it sound at all like your 
husband's wife? 

Now what comes to mind as you consider rottenness in the 
bones? My mind immediately went to my husband's uncle who 
died of bone cancer. The cancer started in his leg bones and 
was slowly "eating" away at them. No one could actually see it 
happening, but watching the symptoms, no one doubted that it 
was true. One day the bones became too weak to support the 
rest of his body's weight and the bones broke. With the 
condition his body was in, the bones could no longer repair 
themselves as a normal, healthy body does. What a likeness for 
the husband- wife relationship! I believe if we could see behind 
many scenes, we would see this happening over and over again. 
There are many, many wives who are "eating away" at their 
husbands, and finally one day the husband is so weak that he 
"breaks." The damage that is done is irreparable outside of 
Jesus Christ. 


Are you a shining crown to your husband, or are you a 
rottenness that is slowly eating away at his very life? The Bible 
doesn't give any middle ground. Now we are going to dig into 
a few of the ways that you are either honoring your husband or 
destroying him. 
The Heart of Her Husband Doth Safely Trust in Her 

We all want to be trusted, especially by those closest to us, 
and just now we will focus on our husbands. Trust is at the 
very heart of a marriage relationship. Our love and affections 
are built on how much we trust each other. A wise person does 
not naively bestow his trust on just anyone. If your husband 
does not trust you, don't blame him; it is most likely your own 
fault. You have, in one way or another, given him reasons to 
believe that you are not trustworthy. 

As I was meditating on this, the Lord gave me a very 
profound, yet simple thought: "How much your husband trusts 
you is a good gauge of how submissive you are to him." If your 
husband can count on you, and knows that you will submit to 
him "as unto the Lord," I guarantee that "his heart will safely 
trust in yon. " 

Now, what is submission? A close look at it would say that 
it is an attitude, not simply an action. Submission knows what 
her husband's heart is and uses it as her guide. Submission will 
never try to see what she can get away with or how far she can 
stretch the limits. That is not submission at all; that is 
rebellion! Submission also allows her husband to make 
mistakes and never comes back with, "Didn't I tell you?" 
Submission at times may need to say, "I don't understand, and I 
think we ought to do this instead, but if you choose to go ahead 
anyhow, I will be cheerfully by your side helping you." 

I recently observed a woman ask her husband his opinion on 
something. His opinion did not correspond with the way she 
was leaning, so she fussed and stewed about it until she finally 
made up her mind which way to do this certain thing. This 


whole scene didn't last more than ten minutes; it was not an 
important issue, but it told me something about their 
relationship and who has the last word in their home. 

Your husband knows whether or not you are submissive. 
He knows how highly you value his opinions and whether or 
not you will follow his heart's wishes if it conflicts with yours. 
Stop and consider for a few moments. Are there certain areas 
that your husband cannot trust you in? Do you give him good 
reason to worry about what you might do? Is his heart at rest 
while you are out shopping, equipped with the checkbook and 
credit cards? Does he wish you wouldn't spend so much of his 
hard-earned money? Does his heart safely trust you while he is 
off at work and you are home with the children? Are you 
training them in the way his heart desires, or does he groan to 
think of all the " catch-up" work he'll have to do again tonight? 
Can your husband safely trust you with confidential 
information, or is he reserved for fear that the whole town will 
know it by the end of the week? 

There are many little areas that either build up or tear down 
his trust in you. You are daily showing, in the little things, 
whether or not you are working to please your husband. 
Things like the food you fix for him, the way you treat his 
personal items, the remarks you make to your children, if you 
say his name with a groan and a sigh, or the looks you give him 
that he never sees. 

Work hard to please your husband; the results are sweet: 
"His heart will safely trust in you!" 
And Let the Wife See That She Reverence Her Husband 

Let me repeat that verse again as the Amplified Version 
gives it: "And let the wife see that she respects and reverences 
her hilsband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, 
prefers him, venerates and esteems him; and that she defers to 
him, praises him, loves and admires him exceedingly.]" (Eph 
5:33) And also I Peter 3:2: ". . . your reverence [for your 


husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: 
to respect, defer, to revere him— to honor esteem, prize, and in 
the human sense, adore him, that is to admire, praise, be 
devoted to , deeply love, and enjoy your husband] 1 ' 

Wow! What a big order! But what husband wouldn't shine 
if he were treated that way? 

How do you treat something that you esteem, prize, honor, 
prefer, etc.? Watch your children; they will show you. If they 
"prize" their bicycle, will they leave it lying in the middle of the 
driveway? If they "prefer" that piece of candy, will you find it 
smashed on the floor somewhere? Just how do you take care of 
your husband? Some women can do the right things, but since 
it was not done in a heart of love, their time and efforts were 
wasted. You are constantly sending signals to him about how 
highly you esteem him. If in your heart you do not highly 
regard your husband, he will know it and so will your children. 
If you treat him as though he is a detriment to the family's 
spiritual progress, you are tearing down any desire he has to 
make any progress at all. 

Did you notice that there are no "if s" included in the above 
verses? You are not supposed to wait until your husband 
becomes Mr. Perfect to reverence him; you are do your best to 
praise, love, and admire him as he is. That is what God requires 
and expects out of you. 

Now let us think a bit about the opposite of reverence. She 
is known in the Bible as a contentious woman. The meaning of 
contentious is this: "an often perverse and wearisome tendency 
to quarrels and disputes." Synonyms to the noun form, 
contention, are rivalry, competition, and discord. 

How does a woman like this affect her home? Many men 
hate all the fighting and allow their wife to "grab the reins" and 
have her own way. Then the wife wonders why she has a 
weak-kneed husband who stays aloof from the affairs of the 


home. She lays the blame on him and little suspects that she 
herself is at the very root of the problem. 

Here is what God's Word says about a contentious woman: 
(from the Amplified Bible) ". . . The contentions of a wife are 
like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the 
roof J" (Pro. 19:13b) "It is better to dwell in a corner of the 
housetop [on the flat oriental roof exposed to all kinds of 
weather] than in a house shared with a nagging, quarrelsome 
and faidtfinding woman. " (Proverbs 21:9) "Whoever attempts 
to restrain [a contentious woman] might as well try to stop the 
wind— his right hand encounters oil [and she slips through his 
fingers.]" (Proverbs 27: 16) 

Have you ever observed a contentious woman? Do you 
know that she can dress in modest clothes like a Christian? She 
can go to church, put on a smile and act like a wonderful 
person. A peek behind this nice mask would show you quite 
another person. 

Sit back and observe yourself for awhile. How do you act 
and react to those around you-your husband in particular? If 
you were another person, would you like to live with some one 
just like you? (Maybe you can sympathize a bit with your 
husband!) By God's grace, the testimony of your life can be 
that of Proverbs 31:12: "She will do him good and not evil all 
the days of her life. " (to be continued) 

By Kary Martin. 
Selected by Thomas and Sharon Miller. 
Adapted from The Heartbeat of The Remnant 


ROYER - A daughter, Ashlynn Joy, born May 9 to Merrill and 
Martha Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



In the beginning, God proved the power and truth of His 
Word by creating the heavens and the earth and all their glory. 
To know that all this came to pass by the power of His Word 
(in saying "Let there be," and it came to pass) .moves us to 
believe that His Word is irrefutable. 

After the planted earth came into being, God said, "Let the 
earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and 
creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was 
so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and 
cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the 
earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God 
said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let 
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl 
of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over 
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (Gen. 1:24- 

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became 
a living soul." (Gen. 2:7) 

Man is the crowning excellence of His creation. To make 
man involved not only God's words but also His hands and the 
"breath of life that is in the Father." This breath of life is more 
than the air we breathe; it is the touch of God that made man a 
living soul. In this, God has given man a mind that is capable of 
reasoning, understanding, comprehending, and communicating. 
God has charged man accountable in this intelligence to know 
and obey Him by the power of His Word and Spirit. 

God has done more than spoken to us in mysteries. His 
Word became flesh and blood and dwelt among us. He has 
revealed to man in picture language His love and will for man. 
The words He spoke were from heaven, for Jesus said these 


revealing words: "I am come a light into the world, that 
whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And 
if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for 
I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that 
rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth 
him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in 
the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father 
which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, 
and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is 
life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the 
Father said unto me, so I speak." (John 12:46-50) 

The grandest concept of the human mind and heart is to 
know God in a saving knowledge. This can only be attained by 
loving the words He spoke. It is more than intellectual 
knowledge for the sake of knowing. It is what moves us to the 
joy of our salvation. It is a daily stimulation to love and good 
works. It is what anchors our souls to eternal truth. 

Natural food will sustain life if we have an appetite or not. 
The Word of God can only sustain us if we have a love for it. If 
we love it, it will be a daily feast to the soul and will sustain us 
in His love and good works. 

Jer. 15:16: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; 
and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: 
for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." 

Psalm 56:4: "In God I will praise his word, in God I have 
put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. n 

Psalm 119:11,16,105: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, 
that I might not sin against thee." 

"I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy 

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my 

The proof and power of God's Word is always manifested in 
the lives of those that love His Word and by obedience to it. 


I John 2:5: "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is 
the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in 

Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 

Our tongue is, after all, but the tool of our inner being. If 
that be good, our speech will be kindly. If that be bitter, our 
speech will be harsh and cutting. A new heart is the only 
remedy for a bad tongue. Consider well, whoever you may be 
that has this awful habit of fault-finding and criticism, be sure 
you will sooner or later reap just what you are sowing. 

—John Strickler collection 

Power of the Word of God 

( In the following article, lest it become too lengthy, we will 
mostly just give the Scripture reference along with the thought. 
We urge you to look up these references and see if it teaches 
you the same.) 

The seed is the Word of God. (Luke 8:11) In Jeremiah 
23:29 we read, "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; 
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" If we are 
to obtain fullness of power in life, we must feed on God's Word 
for steady continuance and increase of power and usefulness. 

The filling of the Holy Spirit and meditation on God's Word 
go together. Spiritual laziness just lets the minister tell us. You 
must daily study God's Word personally. 

Faith cannot be gotten by merely praying or an effort of the 
will. (Romans 10:17) Faith comes by knowing God's Word. 
When you tell a person to believe, give him something to 
believe in -something for his faith to rest on like Isaiah 55:6 or 
I Peter 2:24. Real faith must have a guarantee. Before you can 
truly believe you are to receive what you ask for, you must have 


a definite promise from God's Word or a definite leading of the 
Holy Spirit to rest your faith on. For example, in seeking God's 
presence, ask yourself if there is any promise in His Word 
regarding what you desire; find the promise if there is; then, 
present the promise to God: "I have been called and saved and 
here in your Word is your promise. Please fill me now." (I 
John 5:14-15; Acts 2:39; Markll:24) To dispel doubt, read 
John 20:31, Is your will surrendered? Then read the Word of 
God thoughtfully and honestly, seeking God's will. 

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word 
of God. " (Rom. 10:17) The Word of God is the means through 
which the Holy Spirit does His work. (Eph 6:17) Also it is the 
seed the Spirit sows and quickens. (Luke 8:11 and I Peter 1:23) 
If you therefore want the Holy Spirit to do His part in your 
heart, you must study the Word. The Word of God is the 
sword the Spirit uses to teach you. You need both. God's 
Word is the instrument through which the Spirit works. 
Personal power of the Spirit acts through the Word. 

God's Word has power to cleanse the impurity of the heart 
as well as the outward life. It needs to be washed often by 
God's Word. (Psalm 119:9) 

The men who have greatly affected the spiritual history of 
the world and men whom others can depend upon, in many 
cases, knew little besides the Bible. (II Tim. 3:16) 

Read and believe Romans 8:28; then nothing will disturb 
your peace. You are not left to yourself, for the Holy Spirit is 
here to help us, even in our prayers. (Rom. 8:26) Romans 8 
gives you the true picture of the true Christian life working 
obedience and victory in you. The flesh is still in you, but you 
are not in the flesh living after the flesh but after the Spirit, 
thereby, not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. (Rom. 8:9) 

Keeping God's commandments and surrendering your will 
to His will brings joy overflowing. Jeremiah 15:16 says, "Thy 
words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto 


me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart. . ." Also see John 
15:10,11 and Romans 15:4. R. A. Torrey said, "Many 
Christians have just enough religion to make them miserable. 
They can no longer enjoy the world, and they have not yet 
entered into the joy of the Lord." 

The Word of God has power to protect you from error and 
sin. (Acts 20:20-32) If you stay close to God's Word, feeding 
on it daily, you have a great protection and will be better able to 
discern error from truth. (II Tim. 3:13-15; Psalm 119:11; 
Mat.4:4,7,10) Study the Word. (Col. 3:16) Read Psalm 112:3 
and Ephesians 5:18-22. 

James and Betty Beery 

Williamsport, Indiana 


Erasers are the nicest things! 

Of that there is no doubt. 

We write wrong words, A few quick swipes 

And big mistakes fade out. 

And you will find erasers 

Of a very different kind, 

Extremely helpful, if you will try 

To bear these facts in mind: 

When you bump someone in a crowd, 

And almost knock her down, 

A soft "I'm sorry!" may bring smiles 

And rub out that old frown. 

Apologies, invariably, 

Obliterate mistakes; 

And three small words, "I love you!" 

Can erase the worst heartaches. 

Author unknown 

From the Exchange Messenger 



The Lizard's Tail 

Penny skipped cheerfully out into the Mississippi sunshine. 
Nimbly, she climbed the wood pile and began to throw pieces of 
firewood onto the walk. "Oooh!" she shuddered. "There was a 
lizard on that piece of wood! Now he's on the walk. He is 
moving slowly. It must be too cold for him since he's a cold- 
blooded creature." 

Suddenly an idea came to her. "I'm going to see if I can 
step on his tail. I want to see him lose his tail in fright." Penny 
had been told that lizards could let go of their tails and crawl 
off, leaving their tails in the clutches of their enemies. She 
quickly slid down the wood pile and jumped onto the walk. 
Getting close to the slowly-moving lizard, she stomped her right 
foot squarely onto its tail. It worked! The lizard's body kept 
moving away from her foot, but its tail was still under her shoe. 

Watching the poor lizard crawl away without its tail, she 
was suddenly sorry she had been so mean. She knew God had 
created this creature with the ability to lose its tail as a way of 
protection. She also knew it would grow another tail 
eventually. Meanwhile, though, it would be without this means 
of protection. Besides, it probably hurt to lose a tail! Tears 
came to her eyes, and she ran into the house to find Mother. 
"I'm sorry, Mother," she sobbed. "I— I hurt the lizard, I stepped 
on his tail on purpose, and he crawled away without it. Oh! 
I'm sorry." 

Mother put her arm around her girl's shoulders. "I'm glad 
you are sorry for being unkind to one of God's creatures, 
Penny. God gave us a natural curiosity. Don't cry. I'm sure the 
lizard will survive, and you've learned a lesson. Now, can you 
bring in the wood you threw down so I can get the fire going 
and warm the house?" 



Once again, Penny skipped into the sunshine. There was no 
sign of the lizard except for its tail still wiggling on the walk. 
She soberly kicked the tail into the grass and loaded her arms 
with wood. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Beloved (fellow pilgrims), think it not strange concerning 
the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing 
happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers 
of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye 
may be glad also with exceeding joy. —I Peter 4:12,13 

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VOL. 46 JULY, 1999 No. 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseecli you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 


Ask ye what great thing I know 
That delights and stirs me so. 
What the high reward I win? 
Whose the name I glory in? 
Jesus Christ the crucified. 

Who hath loosed the prison door 
By His mighty word and power? 
Who to life hath wakened me, 
Ever there with Him to be? 
Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. 

Who hath given strength to me, 
By His life and victory? 
Reconciled me unto God, 
Comforts by His staff and rod? 
Jesus Christ, exalted Lord. 

This is that great thing I know; 
This delights and stirs me so; 
Faith in Him who died to save, 
Him, who triumphed o'er the grave, 
Jesus, God of majesty. 

From Zion's Harp 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Such a simple, homey term! And why would we use it for a 
title of an article in a Christian publication? Of course, like so 
many of the parables and similes in the Bible, it represents 
something more vital. Hoeing weeds is vital to the sweet corn 
patch, but more important is the striking out of sins and bad 
habits in our lives. 

Weeds are hardy. Consider that for centuries the created 
plants have competed for space, moisture, and nutrients. The 
fittest survive to produce seed for the next generation. Besides 
this, God decreed that thorns and thistles would be a curse to 
the ground Adam would till in the sweat of his face to eat his 
bread. Weeds are hardy by God's decree as well as by natural 

Weeds are often deep-rooted. The tap root goes down for 
moisture which makes them bitter competitors with the plants 
we raise for our "bread." Weeds can often survive where 
desirable plants fail. 

Weeds choke out the good seed. In Jesus' parable about the 
sowing of the good seed, the Word of God, one of the four 
conditions He described was the seed among thorns. The 
thorns were able to choke out the good sprouts. 

Most weeds are not useful: some are worthless for feed; 
some are actually poisonous; some have thorns or burrs that 
can harm an animal or lodge in its eyes or ears. 

Weeds spread easily. Some have a bit of fluff or are so tiny 
that the wind can scatter them. Some seeds are burrs carried by 
animals or humans to new locations. Some actually are thrown 
from the mother plant as the seed pods dry and pop open. 


Tumbleweed seeds are spread as the whole plant dries up and is 
rolled across the land by the wind or piled against fences. 

With all this, it would seem that garden plants would hardly 
have a chance to survive. However, the wise gardener knows 
how to cope with harmful weeds. He works the ground, 
destroying some tiny weed sprouts. When he plants good seed, 
he watches carefully for weeds to appear. Even the tiniest 
shoots are different from the vegetables. The gardener 
recognizes them and strikes them out while they are young and 
tender. He must be careful not to injure the plants he wants to 
save, as they also are tender. 

The skilful gardener keeps his hoe handy and does not let 
the weeds get well started, for then they are hard to overcome 
with their deep roots and tough stems. Some weeds need to be 
completely removed from the garden, as they will sprout roots 
easily even after the hoe uproots them. 

As we think of the characteristics of weeds, we can easily 
see the similarity to bad habits. Most of the descriptions of 
weeds apply as a figure to our sins. They become deep-rooted 
easily and quickly. Sins root readily into our carnal, pleasure- 
seeking natures. Sometimes, like when you pull a weed, the 
root breaks and remains to sprout out again. A root of 
bitterness can sprout anger, resentment, self-pity, and other 
vicious results if it is allowed to remain in the heart. 

It is interesting to note that the corn or beans or wheat or 
even the good ground has no power to remove the weeds. That 
is a job that only the gardener can do. Is it true, then, that we 
need the power of God's Holy Spirit to root out the sins that so 
easily beset us? 

Bad habits choke out good ones. For instance, if we have 
the habit of reading worthless stories or novels, the very fact 
that much time is used makes better reading come out short. 
This is in addition to the harm done. This particular habit has 


the characteristic of poisonous weeds or weeds with burrs that 
harm us— get stuck in our eyes or ears (or memories)! 

Bad habits spread easily. To state the positive side, so do 
good ones. And they are both hard to break. The extreme, 
ungodly styles of the world might come under the category of 
habits that spread. We all have probably noticed that a style or 
design which at first is repulsive and disgusting, after a while 
begins to look desirable when we see it often around us. A 
good style is also contagious. When we are with Christian 
people with convictions of modesty and practicality, there is 
strong influence. Keep this verse in mind: (I John 4:4) "Ye are 
of God, little children, and have overcome them: because 
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." In spite 
of all the various ways weeds of sin can spread, and the 
tremendous appeal sin has to the flesh, there is still victory in 
Jesus. "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by 
wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of 
preaching to save them that believe." (I Cor. 1:21) 

We have been planted in a good place through the blood of 
Jesus washing us and giving us new life in Him. But the garden 
doesn't produce fruit at the planting. We need to grow and 
mature and bear fruit. To do this we still need the grace of 
God, the Master Gardener, to root out the undesirable plants 
and keep the good ones. 

Considering gardening as a parable, we see our 
responsibility in several areas. We are to be good ground for 
the seed (the Word of God) to fall on. We must not let the 
weeds of bad habits occupy us. 

We are also to be good plants. In I Corinthians 3, Paul 
says he planted, Apollos watered, and God gave the increase. 
Then he writes, "... Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's 
building." Jesus said (Mat. 15:13) ". . . Every plant, which my 
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." The 
Psalmist compares our sons to plants: ". . . thy children like 


olive plants. . ." (128:3) "That our sons may be as plants grown 
up in their youth. . ." (144:12) 

And then we are to be good gardeners. Hosea cries out 
(10:12): "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; 
break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord. . ." 
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh 
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the 
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Gal. 6:7,8) 

To all you good gardeners: let us learn the lessons God has 
for us in the weeds, the good seed, the sowing and reaping. 
And let us prepare our hearts to continually receive good seed, 
and water and nutrients to make it grow. And keep the hoe 
handy! — L.C. 

She Girdeth Herself With Strength 

Strength? I thought that is a masculine trait! Does my 
husband care if I'm strong or not? Well, maybe not in muscle 
power, but I'm sure he wants an emotionally and spiritually 
strong wife. A weak wife, in that aspect, is a drain to any man! 

Here are a few characteristics of an emotionally weak 
person: First and foremost, she is a very self-centered person. 
This is the root of most of her other problems. Her life rotates 
around "me and my feelings." She is very moody, easily 
discouraged, and her life shows a lack of consistent joy. When 
a challenge comes her way, she is full of fear and doubt, rather 
than being willing to take the challenge and allow it to mature 
her. It is very hard for an emotionally weak person to accept 
criticism or advice that goes against her will without becoming 
personally wounded. 


An emotionally weak mother is tearing down her home 
faster than dad can build it. He's trying to bring the children up 
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but mom's tender 
feelings are working hard against him. After a spanking, the 
child knows mom will have a pity party with him. If dad won't 
let him have his way, he knows mom will. (It won't take long 
until he's smart enough to ask her first!) A weak mother tries to 
sweet-talk or manipulate her children into obeying, rather than 
applying the "rod of correction." 

Are you an emotionally weak person? The next prediction 
is that you are also spiritually weak. It is nearly impossible to 
be emotionally weak and spiritually strong. There is a vast 
difference between a spiritual baby and a spiritual weakling. A 
baby simply has not had time to mature yet; a weakling is 
refusing the maturing process. They find it much easier to be 
spoon-fed than to go find their own food. They love the 
attention of sitting down with the preacher and mulling over 
their problems. They are continually struggling with the same 
basic problems, although they come with a new face on now 
and then. 

Have you ever considered what Proverbs 31:18 could mean 
when it says, "Her candle goeth not out by night"? Here's how 
the Amplified Version says it: "Her lamp goes not out, but it 
burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or 
sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust.]" Doesn't that 
sound like a strong woman? Someone you can count on 
"through thick and thin." 

A weak person reminds me of the story of Peter in Matthew 
14. Yes, you have bravely gotten out of the boat and started 
toward Jesus. Or in today's terms, you may have left behind 
everything that was once dear to you to follow Christ's call to 
"Come." It was a very brave, strong and courageous thing to 
do. But as time goes on, somehow, just like Peter, you have 
taken your eyes off Christ. You are now focusing on the waves 


and turbulence around you. You may not even realize it, but 
you are sinking, just as surely as Peter was. You need to, as 
Peter did, get your eyes back on Jesus and cry out, "Lord, save 
me!" You need to recognize this "weakness" as sin. There is a 
master deceiver behind all these "waves," and his only intent is 
to get your eyes off Jesus, for then surely one day you will 
become his prey. 

Who Serves Whom? 

"But for Adam there was not found an help meet for him." 
(Genesis 2:20) 

After Adam realized he was not complete alone, God made 
Eve. When God made the woman, He made her for the man. 
She was to be a helper who was suitable and complementary 
(meet) for him. This was God's original plan and He hasn't 
altered it in the several thousand years that have elapsed since 

Dear sister, this is your first and highest calling— to be a 
complementary counterpart for your husband. Yes, I know 
God also wants you to bear children and guide the house. (I 
Tim. 5:14) But how can you do these effectively if the very 
foundation is not solid? If your husband's personal life is not 
bettered because of you, one of the basic stones in the 
foundation of your home is missing. Notice I said "personal 
life;" I mean something more than washing clothes and cooking 
food. I am referring to his own personal character qualities. 

There are women around, and you may be one of them, who 
seem to have God's idea all turned around. They seem to think 
their husband is there to make life easier for them. They treat 
him like he is their servant boy. There are things which they are 
perfectly capable of doing themselves, but they whine and beg 
for their husband's help. He was not made to serve you; you 
were made for him. One of the qualities of the Proverbs 3 1 
woman is that "she worketh willingly with her hands." It 
doesn't say anything about whether she enjoys the job or not, or 


whether the job is easy or difficult, or whether she is well rested 
or tired. It simply says that she works willingly. 

There are things that we need our husband's help with, and 
these things can be presented to him in a sweet and submissive 
manner. Pick your time and place carefully. Unless the need is 
urgent, wait for a time when he is not pressured with other 
things (his job, church work, etc) and also wait for a time when 
he is not overly tired or hungry. Eccl. 8:5 says, "A wise man's 
mind will know both when and what to do." (Amplified 
Version) Women, be wise. 

Do you wish your husband would help out more around the 
house? Consider several things. First of all, who feels like 
helping a whining, nagging wife? Of course she does it in more 
of a grown-up way than a 4-year-old does, but it is just as 
wearisome and disgusting. If your husband's wife does this, by 
the grace of God, make her stop it right away. Your husband is 
to be the leader of the home, and it is not your place to 
manipulate him into doing things. If he chooses not to help you 
at all, you need to silently, sweetly submit to this and get along 
the best you can. 

The second thing to consider is that your husband probably 
has just as much or more pressure at his job than you do around 
the house. Perhaps it would open your eyes if you'd spend a 
day with him at work. Then you could see first hand how hard 
he works and how much stress he is under. When he gets 
home, he wants to relax and enjoy the family-not simply 
change bosses for a few hours. 

The third thing I have for you to consider: figure out how 
your husband shows you love. Just because so-and-so's 
husband washes dishes for her at least once a week does not 
make their marriage any better or worse than yours. There's a 
good chance your husband does other things for you and you 
just aren't appreciating them. Perhaps he gives you back rubs 
frequently. Maybe he puts the children to bed every night and 


lets you enjoy a bit of time to yourself. There are hundreds of 
possibilities. Stop wishing he'd do certain things for you and 
start appreciating the things he is already doing. 

If you were not raised in a Christian setting, what I have 
written may be hard for you to digest. The world is so geared 
to trying to "equalize" everything; they know nothing about the 
joys of servanthood. Women selfishly pursue what they think 
will make them the happiest. In the process, men are being torn 
down and women are still lacking the satisfaction they long for. 
God did not make women inferior to men, just different from 
them. He wants to give them a special place of protection— 
under man. We find peace, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction only 
as we live out our God-ordained roles. If you choose to take 
the world's path, you will doubtlessly live with their results; 
fighting, bickering, broken marriages, wrecked homes, and 
juvenile delinquents, (to be continued) By Kary Martin 

Selected by Thomas and Sharon Miller 
Adapted from The Heartbeat of the Remnant 

BAPTISMS-Eastern Congregation 

Justin, Rosanna, and Heidi Bowser- June 6, Harrison, Arkansas 

Melanie and Sharen Royer-June 13, Wakarusa, Indiana 

May these dear young people faithfully serve in the 
Kingdom of Christ. 


STALTER-ROYER Simon Stalter and Abigail Royer were 
married May 15. Their new address: 

22472 C.R. 36 

Goshen, IN 46526 (219) 537-1799 



All good relationships are built by virtues that attract and 
bless its subjects. When relationships break down, it is usually 
because we lose the virtues that were the attraction either by 
slothfulness or unfaithfulness in one or the other. 

Diligence that builds and maintains good relationship is 
often more than man wants to pay. This creates a society that is 
poor, lonely, and wanting. A blessed relationship with God and 
one another can only be built and maintained through diligence 
in reciprocating God's love and goodness. "Behold therefore 
the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; 
but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: 
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." (Rom. 1 1:22) 

God's omnipotence has revealed His goodness, so that man 
is without excuse to not respond in worship, adoration, and 
praise in remembrance of Him. Relating to God's goodness is a 
salvation requirement: "Or despisest thou the riches of his 
goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that 
the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Rom. 2:4) 

Satan's attack on God's goodness in the very beginning was 
the charge that God's goodness was only a trap to keep man in 
ignorance and bondage, and his scheme worked. Satan was 
able to interfere in God's goodness, but he was unable to 
destroy it. God's goodness still prevailed in that man and Satan 
were confronted by Him—giving Satan and his subjects the 
death penalty and that man would assist Him in it: the seed of 
the woman would bruise the serpent's head. 

The goodness of God is prevailing. God sent His only 
begotten Son, born of a woman, into the world teaching man to 
be reconciled to God by the cross of Christ-by a new and living 
way. He established an eternal kingdom and sealed it with His 
own blood which the gates of hell cannot destroy. 


The response to God's goodness by those that knew Him in 
all ages proved His goodness in life and in worship. In these 
last days the kingdom Christ has established has more to claim, 
and is more accountable to reveal and proclaim God's goodness 
that any other people. 

The testimony of reciprocating in God's goodness is in 
bearing fruit that would honor His goodness. This is the 
hallmark of His united kingdom on earth. He has assured those 
that trust and communicate with Him in His goodness that 
receiving the blessing is proof of a meaningful relationship with 
Him and one another. "Oh that men would praise the Lord for 
his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of 
men!" (Psalm 107:15) 

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of 
my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." 
(Psalm 23 : 6) What a future for the faithful! 

Kenneth Martin, 
Nappanee, Indiana 


HARRIS » A daughter, Johanna Elisabeth, born June 10 to 
Michael and Wanda Harris of Goshen, Indiana 

BEERY - A daughter, Jessica Brooke, born June 22 to John 
and Angie Beery of Williamsport, Indiana 

COVER - A daughter, Cheyenne Chase-Morgan, born October 
3, 1997, and received by adoption June 27, 1999, to Joe and 
Sherry Cover of Tuolumne, California 



There Is No Fear in Love 

Recently I took a small young friend to do a little job he 
needed to do. A sudden noise and movement frightened him 
terribly. I could not get him to feel secure enough to do his job, 
even though I was right there and tried to assure him that all 
was well. His mother came and took her terrified child, held 
him close, and bent down so he could cling tightly to her neck 
while he did his little job. He knew his mother very well, and 
she had protected him many times in his short life. His trust in 
her was evident. 

I John 4:18a: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love 
casteth out fear: . . " More and more people of the world are 
becoming frightened by the Y2K predictions. Instead of 
cultivating a love for the Lord and trusting Him, they become 
obsessed with self-preservation. Much time and money is being 
spent to hoard food, water, and fuel in great quantities. Much 
study goes into learning how to properly store the various 
essentials, and many even delve deeply into the knowledge 
sources to learn what foods to store to make sure they and their 
families get proper nutrition during the predicted famine. 

Are we getting caught up in the world's fears and frenzies? 
Are we trusting in our own abilities for self-preservation? Or 
are we cultivating that perfect love for God that seeks and 
studies to know Him intimately; to know His Word and Will; 
to hoard up Spiritual food in our hearts for the preservation of 
our souls in a time of spiritual famine? 

We need to cultivate contentment, too. I Timothy 6:6: 
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." We can be 
content and happy with much less than we are used to having. 
It is so easy for us to get a plentiful supply of food, and we 
enjoy the abundance and variety in our diets. But if we 


cultivate contentment and find our pleasure in God's Word and 
in communing with Him, we can be healthy and content on a 
diet of cornmeal mush, if need be. Only one pair of shoes, half- 
worn-out will be sufficient, and two or three changes of clothes. 
There are written testimonies from the Great Depression telling 
that, as children during that time, people didn't even realize they 
were poor even though their shoe soles were cardboard held on 
their feet with strings and their diet consisted of potatoes, 
potatoes, and potatoes. These people remember their childhood 
as being happy times of family togetherness, playing simple 
games at home together in the evenings. Contrast that with the 
current trend of madly racing here and there, with each family 
member going different directions nightly in search of fun. 

"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his 
wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not 
the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory 
in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the 
Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and 
righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith 
the Lord." (Jeremiah 9:23,24) When hard times come upon us, 
it will become very evident whether we are glorying in knowing 
(and trusting) the Lord, or in our own abilities to provide for 
and preserve our earthly life: whether we delight in what we 
have to eat and wear, or in spiritual food and fellowship. Can 
we-do we--love the Lord enough to sweetly rest in Him and 
not worry about the Y2K predictions? 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


Catherine Hitch: 1 9300 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379 (209) 928-4512 

Eric Brubaker: 1 95 1 N. Tuolumne Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379 (209) 928-1387 



The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength; 
We go to Him for rest; 
We go to Him when a storm doth come; 
In the Lord we are blest. 

The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength; 
He is strong; we are weak; 
Often we fail; God is our helper; 
For His shelter we seek. 

The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength; 
In Him we put our trust; 
The Lord will help us accomplish much, 
Not desire fleshly lust. 

The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength; 
We cast on Him our care; 
When our burdens seem to push us down, 
We go to Him in prayer. 

The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength; 
The storms of life do come; 
But someday we will be free from sin, 
When the Lord calls us home. 

Jennifer Brandt 

Union City, Ohio 


Pilgrims, we are called to glory, but not the glory of this 
world, not the praise of men. We have the approval of God 
through His grace and mercy. That glory will never fade. --L.C. 


Katy Be Kind 

Katy, Sarah Beth, and Lois were very good friends. At 
church, at school, indeed at every opportunity, it was Katy, 
Sarah Beth, and Lois . . . until now. A new family had begun 
attending their church, and they had a daughter their age. Her 
name was Bertha. Bertha! What a weird name! And she had 
red hair and freckles, and acted really tense, and chewed on her 
braids, and wanted to play with them, and they didn't want her 

One Sunday afternoon, Katy edged into the kitchen where 
Mama was feeding baby Joseph, and began nervously moving 
dishes about, tickling Joseph, almost leaving, and then coming 
back, until Mama knew there was something bothering her. 
Finally Katy slipped up beside her and shyly said, "Mama?" 

"Yes, Katy?" 

"Did you ... I mean . . . well ... is it true that you and 
Lois's mama used to not play with Sarah Beth's mama when you 
were little?" 

Mama's mouth fell open as she stared at her daughter. 
"Wh- Where did you hear that?" 

Katy hung her head. "Well . . . Uh . . . Sarah Beth's mama 
heard Lois tell us to hide from Bertha while she wasn't looking, 
and . . . " 

"Oh, Katy!" Mama looked very grieved. "Does this happen 
a lot?" 

"I'm sorry, Mama, but Sarah Beth's mama told us when she 
was little, you and Lois's mama wouldn't play with her because 
she was from another district, and wasn't there often. She said 
it really hurt, and it wasn't until she was a lot older that she 
really forgave you, even though you had become good friends. 

She said she was ashamed of that because it was as bad as what 
you'd done. 

"She said Lois's mama apologized to her for it a few years 
ago. It bothered her all that time! She said that she never 
imagined what they were doing was going to matter when they 
grew up, but it really did, and if we're unkind to Bertha now, we 
will suffer for it, as well as her, and it isn't Bertha's fault! . . . 
Mama, did you apologize?" 

"Well, I guess I never really apologized. I just tried to show 
her that I was sorry by being a friend. Maybe we both need to 
do some apologizing? Or have you already?" 


"It's a shame that Mama needs to learn from her daughter 
how long an unkindness can hurt, but it's a good lesson. 
Always be kind, Katy! I think I'll call Sarah Beth's mama right 
now and apologize." 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 


Two words there are that thrill my heart 
And cause my sluggish blood to start, 
When I with my dear brethren meet 
And in a Christian manner greet, 
With high regard salute each other, 
And then sincerely say, "My brother." 

Then while with his companion shake, 
Inquiry to her health I make; 
Though audibly I may not say 
Those words, I keep in mind alway: 
Each female member I may claim 
"A sister" in the Savior's name. 

Oh what a pleasant place were this, 
A brief foretaste of future bliss, 
If in this whole wide world around 
Goodwill and love alone were found, 
And men when greeting one another 
Should smile and kindly say, "My brother." 

—Guy Hootman 
From the March, 1966 Pilgrim 

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The way of the world is to return evil for evil: fight back; 
bite back; make them pay. God's way is so much higher as to 
be exactly opposite to this. Jesus said in Luke 6:27,28, "But I 
say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them 
which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them 
which despitefully use you." If this is the way the disciples of 
Jesus are to treat enemies, how much more should we love our 
friends— our dear brethren and sisters in Christ. 

One of the most challenging duties of the Christian life is to 
cultivate true brotherhood— loving human relationships. To "get 
along with others" is only possible with the help of God— the 
application of these very principles which Jesus taught. What 
makes it difficult is that these principles are directly contrary to 
our human natures. 

When we observe relationships that are harmonious and in 
God's order, it looks so easy. Some seem to have mastered the 
art of fitting in with others. But be assured, if this is truly 
happening, that person is working at it; it does not come 

In our relationships to others— even in our families— we 
simply must overlook most of the faults we see. We freely 
confess that we all have faults. But the faults of others are so 
much more obvious. We see no reason— no excuse. But for 
our own mistakes, we understand the situation and make 
excuse: "I couldn't help it." "I was just too busy." "They will 
just have to understand." 

The Bible principles work if we only put them to use. 
Philippians 2:3 says, "Let nothing be done through strife or 
vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better 


than themselves." But this is contrary to human nature. I see 
others making their mistakes, and I don't see their excuses like I 
see my own. Because of this, or maybe just because I am a 
man, it is hard to esteem others better than myself. I can see 
how good it would make them feel if they realized that I 
thought more highly of them than myself. I can see this is a 
good rule. Help me, Lord. I am so self-centered. 

We read in Romans that we are to please our neighbor for 
his good to edification. I know this means to be a builder and 
help our friends and encourage them. Paul writes here that 
Jesus didn't please Himself but that reproaches fell on Him. I 
would like to please my neighbors and friends, and I try to, but 
so many times I have plans of my own that I think I can't 
change. And I don't like reproach. I don't like to be blamed 
even for my own blunders, not to mention being blamed for 
someone else's mistakes. Help me, Lord, to be more like Jesus 
when He suffered for my sins. 

We read in God's Word that we are to bear one another's 
burdens. My friends have helped me and born my burdens. I 
appreciate this and know that I need the help and prayers of my 
brethren and sisters. But it seems that sometimes my own 
burdens weigh me down, and I fail to see the burdens my loved 
ones are bearing or even be thoughtful enough to ask them and 
to givfe a hand to those laboring under heavy loads. Lord, help 
me to see the needs of my dear ones. I am so glad that Jesus 
invited us to take His yoke upon us and to learn of Him and find 
rest. I'm glad He invited us to cast our burdens on Him and that 
He would sustain us. Thank You, Lord Jesus. 

I would like to write something here that would help us love 
one another more. But I know that love can come only from 
God. And I know how dull these written pages can be and how 
much more important it is to love than to just write about it. I 
think all of us down here would like to give a good testimony to 
those looking on, to show that we are glad to know our Savior. 


But so often we forget that the way to show that we are His 
disciples is to love one another as He has loved us. Lord, help 
ns to love each other more. 

I search my mind and experience to come up with good 
examples of people really harmonizing and relating well to one 
another. I know there are many. But I just have to confess 
that the way Jesus came and loved us and lived among us is the 
only perfect example. I want to study His life and tell others of 
the way He brought us together at the cross of Calvary. Lord 
Jesus, I want to go there often and see and feel the blood that 
was shed for me. 

I have been splitting wood. I drive a wedge into the 
difficult chunks, and it pries them in two. I see Satan driving 
his wedges and separating brethren and churches. Some have 
said this dividing is like a divorce. If we see what Christian love 
really means, it can be even worse. David and Jonathan 
possessed a love "passing the love of women." Lord, help as to 
have this love for one another in the church. 

We read about Jesus pronouncing blessing on* the 
peacemakers. Lord, I would like to be one. Jesus told us to 
love our enemies. I don't want to have enemies, and if I have 
them I want to love them as Jesus told us to. But often I dorit 
return love for those who might insult me even without 
intending to. This hurts my feelings and wounds my pride. But 
surely if I am to love my enemies, I should love still more these 
well-meaning friends—and even those who might not mean well 
but certainly could not be called enemies. 
Lord, help me not to blunder so much. Lord, I would like to be 
more effective in Your service. I would like to write words that 
would really make a difference in the lives of our young people 
and inspire all of us to love each other more. But I know that 
only the Holy Spirit of God can inspire and change hearts. 
Thank You, Lord, for understanding friends, for a dear wife 
and dear children and grandchildren. Thank You for allowing 


me to be horn into a Christian family and then to be born 
again into the blessed family of God, Thank You, Jesus, for 
dying for me. Enable me, Lord, to live for Thee. And give us 
Thy peace. --L.C. 

The Only Hope of Winning an Unbelieving Husband 

If you are the wife of an unbeliever, I Peter 3 was written 
for you. Read it carefully. According to this chapter, God 
wants to use you to reach your husband. Your life needs to 
represent the power of the living Christ. Your husband needs 
to feel respect from you; he needs to see that you are sweetly 
submitting to him. He needs to sense that you are teaching the 
children to respect and obey him. As he observes your godly 
life, this will speak volumes to him about Jesus. There may be 
times you absolutely must go against your husband's wishes, 
simply because you need to obey your higher authority, which is 
God. This can be done in a submissive spirit and not in a 
rebellious, "I-know-better-than-you" attitude. Never use 
obeying God as a religious cover-up for things for which you 
just do not feel like obeying your husband in. 

If you have your own ideas about how to change your 
husband, you may as well forget them. They won't work; they 
will only make him bitter. Only God's methods can bring about 
a genuine change in him. There are two things you can do for 
him. Only two: 1 . Give him a sweet and godly (God-like) wife. 
2. Pray and fast for him. Here is the source of all power. And 
remember this one thing: God has higher aspirations for your 
husband than you do. 

If your husband is a believer, but a very weak one, these 
things are for you, too. These are the only ways of 


strengthening your husband. No amount of pleading or 
condemning will change him. At best, they could bring about a 
reform for a while, but unless God works the changes in his 
heart, they are bound to fail. 

A Few Closing Thoughts 

Although this article is far from being all-inclusive, I trust it 
has stimulated your thinking enough to examine what kind of 
effect you are having on your husband. I encourage you to 
study the personality of the Proverbs 3 1 woman. If you find 
you are not measuring up, do not simply determine to do better. 
Don't make out a list of things and resolve to do them. If the 
mirror (the Bible) has shown that your face is dirty, determining 
to stay out of the mud is not good enough. You need to start 
by hating the mud and then allowing yourself to get a good 
wash job. 

This chapter, Proverbs 3 1, is so wonderful in that it not only 
sets forth the ideal, but it gives us the secret of how to 
accomplish it! Today's business world hurriedly puts a patent 
on any good ideas so that no one else can copy them, but our 
gracious Heavenly Father discloses His secrets to all who search 
for them. The secret lies in verse 30: "A woman that feareth 
the Lord, she shall be praised, " Why praised? Because she has 
been this virtuous woman. And how has she accomplished it? 
By fearing the Lord. 

On the other hand, if you are not that crown to your 
husband, by default you are a rottenness to his bones. It only 
takes one rotten apple to eventually spoil the whole basketful. 
No, it won't happen in a day or a week, but it is a steady, sure 
process. You are working against God, your husband, and 
yourself, not to mention the effects it will have on your children. 
The Bible states this simply as blaspheming the word of God. 
(Titus 2:5) 


If you want to be that virtuous woman, that woman who is 
a crown of honor to her husband, the whole matter lies in 
learning to know your Lord Jesus. Others may be able to do a 
fairly good job, but this virtuous woman "excellest them all." 
(Proverbs 3 1:29) 

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly 
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that 
worketh in us. " (Ephesians 3:20) May He receive all the glory 
forever. By Kary Martin 

Selected by Thomas and Sharon Miller 
Adapted from The Heartbeat of the Remnant 


Christian hymns are as old as the Christian religion— as old 
as the New Testament. And, of course, the Psalms were sung 
centuries before Christ came. There were a number of centuries 
after Christ, however, when congregational singing was 
frowned upon, and for any but the clergy to sing was looked 
upon as heresy and was punishable by imprisonment. It was not 
until after Martin Luther broke from the Roman Catholic 
Church and championed the Reformation that congregational 
singing came into general practice. 

During the early 1500's, Luther wrote thirty-seven hymns 
for his "Protestants" to sing. In the 17th century, England's 
infirm little literary genius, Isaac Watts, boldly set about to 
"Christianize" a selection of Psalms by paraphrasing them. He 
published his "modernized" Psalms in a book entitled Psalms of 
David Imitated, and English hymns as we know them today 
were bom. 

Of Isaac Watts's six hundred fifty hymns, perhaps no more 
than twenty survive in current use. Of Charles Wesley's six 
thousand titles, a safe estimate of surviving numbers might be 


set at thirty. Of Fanny Crosby's nine thousand gospel hymns, 
some thirty-five promise to live through the ages. So it 
becomes obvious that our present hymnals comprise the best 
selections from scores of writers and tens of thousands of 
Christian songs. 

The authors of the hymns we sing are of mixed 
denomination. "Lead, Kindly Light," "Faith of Our Fathers" 
and "Silent Night, Holy Night" were all from Catholic writers. 
A Baptist minister wrote "Christ Arose." A Presbyterian 
minister was the author of "Rise Up, O Men of God." "I Love 
to Tell the Story" is by an Anglican: "Jesus Lover of My Soul" 
by a Methodist. A Calvinist was the author of "Rock of Ages" 
and "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" was written by an 

The oldest hymn found in today's hymnbooks was translated 
from a poem in a book of philosophy, The Instructor, written 
about AD. 200 by the Greek librarian, preacher, and teacher 
usually known as Clement of Alexandria. It is over seventeen 
and a half centuries old. 

Shepherd of tender youth, 
Guiding in love and truth, 
Through devious ways; 
Christ our triumphant King, 
We come Thy name to sing; 
Hither our children bring 
To shout Thy praise. 
Information from A Hymn Is Born by Clint Bonner 
1959 Broadman Press. Used by Permission. 
Adapted by Jean Martin 

A Christian Martyr is one who: Chooses to suffer death 
rather than to deny Christ or His work. . . Sacrifices something 
very important to further the Kingdom of God. . . Endures great 
suffering for Christian Witness. 

—Selected by Ken and Karen Johnson 



Oh Heavenly Father, walk with my feet, 
My children to lead, their Saviour to meet. 

Oh Heavenly Father, touch through my hand, 
My children to guide to Thy Promised Land. 

Oh Heavenly Father, see through my eyes, 

My children's true needs, the worth of their lives. 

Oh Heavenly Father, smile through my face, 
My children to show Thy kindness and grace. 

Oh Heavenly Father, rule in my heart, 

My children to prove How Great Thou Art. 

Lloyd Wagner, June 20, 1999 
Modesto, California 


God judged the matter and declared the consequences 
before man disobeyed. Satan, knowing what God had declared, 
was able to deceive Eve. In her desire to became wise, she was 
blinded to what the consequences would be. 

Immediately after her disobedience, their behavior proved 
they had a knowledge they did not have before. When God 
come on the scene, they made a choice and hid. This is now the 
nature of all fallen humanity, which proves the knowledge of 
good and evil and God's judgement on it. God's judgement 
needed to be exercised. Adam and Eve very soon began to 


experience the consequence of the choice they had made: 
misery and death were at their door. 

The battle between God and Satan (on earth) began when 
man perceived the knowledge of good and evil. God has 
defined what is good and what is evil and has called man to the 
accountability of this. Those that choose the good will be 
blessed; those who choose evil will be cursed. "See, I have set 
before thee this day life and good, and death and evil." (Deut 

Man is held accountable to define God's will in what is good 
and what is evil. This is the battle line between God and Satan. 
The earth is the arena, the souls of men are its subject, the battle 
is the Lord's. The Holy Spirit enables man to discern good and 
evil through His Holy Word. The Kingdom Christ has 
established is the messenger of eternal truth and is revealing the 
goodness of God with God's blessing upon it. 

Even though much of Christianity has failed the test of 
revealing God's goodness and is supporting and condoning 
immorality and what God has judged evil, this does not annul 
God's witness. God has a people; they are intact with truth and 
one another and are experiencing the promises to those that are 
followers of good. "For the eyes of the Lord are over the 
righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face 
of the Lord is against them that do evil And who is he that will 
harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?" (I Peter 
3:12,13) This doesn't mean we will be spared physical 
suffering. We believe it means Satan cannot overcome us or 
separate us from one another (even in death) or destroy our 
peace and friendship in Christ's love. "For the promise is unto 
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as 
many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:39) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



We all may do well 
When we often do ill; 
There is always the way 
Iftherebebut a will; 
Though it be but a word 
Kindly breathed or suppressed, 
It may guard off some pain 
Or give peace to some breast. 

We all may do well 
In a thousand small ways, 
In forbearing to flatter 
Yet yielding due praise, 
In spurning all rumor, 
Reproving wrong done 
And treating but kindly 
The hearts we have won 

We all may do well 
Whether lowly or great, 
For the deed in not gauged 
By the purse or estate, 
Ifitbebut a cup 
Of cold water that's given, 
Like the widow's two mites, 
It is something for Heaven. 

Selected from Aunt Bertie's collection 



Power of Prayer 

". . .Ye have not because ye ask not." (James 4:2) This is 
sometimes why the power of God is not exercised in one's life: 
"Ye ask not." There were many examples of power in the early 
church. Read Acts 2:47; 4:4; 5:14. They gave themselves 
"continually to prayer, and the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4) 
The secret of the fullness of power of prayer is found in Acts 
2:42: "They continued steadfastly, . . in prayers." God delights 
to answer our prayers. (Psalm 50:15) Isaiah 40:31: "But they 
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall 
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be 
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." 

Real doers have been real pray-ers. The devil doesn't mind 
if churches have organizations and social activities. He is only 
afraid of God. Organization without prayer is organization 
without God. Prayer in sincerity, and belief in its power 
accomplishes. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." (James 5:16b) 

Prayer cleanses from both known and secret sins. (Psalm 
19:12,13 and 51:2) "Prayer changes things." You must ask 
God's forgiveness for these sins, known or unknown, in faith in 
His full pardon to be cleansed and then go forth victorious. 
Read Luke 11:13. Prayer can keep you from temptation. 
Psalm 17:5: "Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps 
slip not." Jesus said, "Pray that ye enter not into temptation." 
When the disciples failed to do this, they utterly failed in the 
hour of temptation, Jesus spent the night in prayer and escaped 
the greatest temptation man ever had. You, too, can deny our 
Lord by sleeping instead of praying. Prayer was answered 
when the disciples prayed in their need: "And when they had 
prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled 


together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they 
spake the word of God with boldness." (Acts 4:31) 

Prayer brings salvation. (I John 5:16) Prayer strengthens 
the ministers. There is strength and victory in both private and 
united prayers of the saints. We know it is true. May the grace 
of God, our Savior, grant you peace through the power of 

James and Betty Beery 

Williamsport, Indiana 

BAPTISMS-Eastern Congregation 

Galen, Becky, Laura, and Abigail Miller 

August 1, Wakarusa, Indiana 
Address: 10361 County Line Rd. 

Bourbon, Indiana 46504 
(219) 858-9444 
May this dear family serve faithfully in God's Kingdom. 


Ruth Flora: 9508 Hogpath Rd. 



Do all the good you can, 
By all the means you can, 
In all the ways you can, 
In all the places you can, 
At all the times you can, 
As long as ever you can. 

Loving the Unlovely 

There surely was a crowd here today! thought Katy's 
mama, glancing about at the groups of people in the 
churchyard. A wedding had brought visitors to the community, 
so a carry-in dinner followed the morning's church services. 
Now dinner was over, and the dishes washed. The children 
were playing, and the adults were visiting. 

Suddenly Mama heard a commotion of angry children's 
voices, taunting laughter, and a strange groaning cry which she 
did not recognize. She quickly slipped around the corner 
toward the sounds and discovered a group of children, Katy 
included, teasing a young retarded girl who had tried to join in 
their fun. They were trying to make her leave. 

"Katy!" Mama said sharply. "Be kind!" All the children 
became silent at her tone. 

"But Mama," Katy said in a small voice, "she acts weird, 
and we don't want her slobbering on us." 

"That does not excuse being cruel," Mama said. "You have 
made her very unhappy. You would all be happier if you could 
find a way to include her in your play. " 

Katy hung her head. She hadn't even thought about their 
actions being cruel, but now, seeing the girl's tears, she began to 
be very sorry. 

"I'm sorry, Mama. I'll try," said Katy. 

"Sorry," echoed several of the children. 

It wasn't much later when Mama heard wild peals of 
laughter from the children, and again, that odd groaning. 
Distressed, Mama hurried toward the sounds, but stopped as 
she saw the girl sitting on the grass watching short- sight edly as 
the children ran about the yard trying to catch grasshoppers. "I 
got one!" shouted one of the boys, and all the children gathered 
around the girl. The boy leaned down to her and put his closed 
hand, palm up, very near her face. Then, as she leaned forward, 

mouth gaping in breathless anticipation, he opened his hand. 
For a brief moment the tiny grasshopper was in full view. Then 
it leaped away, followed by her delighted groaning-laughter. 

Mama smiled as the children laughed and ran to catch 
another one. It was obvious they were no longer repulsed by 
the girl and were having fun. It had been another good lesson 
in kindness. 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



Through the night of doubt and sorrow 
Onward goes the pilgrim band, 
Singing songs of expectation, 
Marching to the promised land. 
Clear before us through the darkness 
Gleams and burns the guiding light; 
Brother clasps the hand of brother, 
Stepping fearless through the night. 

One the light of God's own presence 
O'er His ransomed people shed, 
Chasing far the gloom and terror, 
Brightening all the path we tread: 
One the object of our journey, 
One the faith which never tires, 
One the earnest looking forward, 
One the hope our God inspires; 

One the strain that lips of thousands 
Lift as from the heart of one; 
One the conflict, one the peril, 
One the march in God begun; 

One the gladness of rejoicing 
On the far eternal shore, 
Where the one almighty Father 
Reigns in love for evermore. 

Onward, therefore, pilgrim brothers, 
Onward with the cross our aid! 
Bear its shame and fight its battle. 
Till we rest beneath its shade; 
Soon shall come the great awakening, 
Soon the rending of the tomb; 
Then the scattering of all shadows, 
And the end of toil and gloom. 

Bernhardt Severin Engemann, 1789-1862 
Translated by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924 
Selected by Michael Harris 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" 1 Peter 2:11 


Teach me to pray, my Father, in life's morning, 
For there are many things that I must learn; 
Help me to find in Thee both help and warning, 
I need Thy guiding voice at every turn. 

And now I trust in Thee, 

For help to Thee I flee. 

Teach me to pray, my Father, at the noontime, 
When life is busy and there's much to do; 
I need Thy guidance, for my duties throng me, 
And every moment I need strength anew. 

My Helper every day, 

Keep me in Thine own way. 

Teach me to pray, my Father, in the evening; 
My busy days are passing like a dream; 
The shadows lengthen, and I'm growing weary 
And tired as I catch the twilight's gleam. 

Still undone things I long to do; 

Oh, keep me calm and strength renew. Amen 

— Lina Z. Ressler 

Selected from Zion's Praises 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Co vet- 
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The parting was "such sweet sorrow." The old friends had 
renewed their friendship and were now saying "Goodbye." 
"Let's keep in touch; let's communicate. Write to me; give me a 
call," they agreed. 

How good it is when friends can remember each other and 
hold each other up by prayer and encouragement! 

Jesus, our best Friend, has gone back to His Heavenly 
Home. He accomplished for us what the Father sent Him to do: 
salvation for all who come to Him in faith and repentance. He 
has promised to be with us even though He has gone to the 
Father. "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the 
world." But communication must work both ways. If only one 
friend writes letters or makes all the phone calls, the friendship 
is lacking something. We need to "keep in touch" with our 

What does it mean to keep in touch? With our friends we 
usually think of letters, phone calls, gifts, messages through 
mutual friends, and now E mail and fax machines. With our 
Lord it is through prayer, meditation, and studying His Word. 
We are in touch in our spirits through these means. 

Touch has special significance. The woman that had an 
infirmity and had spent all her living on physicians who could 
not help her, heard of Jesus and knew in her heart that if she 
could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed. 
In the crowd she furtively touched Him and immediately felt His 
healing power flow to her. Wonderful things can happen when 
we are in touch with Jesus. 

Another instance: "And there came a leper to him, 
beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto 


him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved 
with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith 
unto him, I will; be thou clean." (Mark 1 :40,41) 

We see that the benefit flows from Jesus to those who come 
in contact with Him. So will it be when we are in touch with 
the Master. He has good things for us. 

To make some comparisons, we are warned against 
touching a bare wire, hot with electrical current. Contact with 
high voltage can be fatal. But we benefit much from electricity 
that is in control For those who know the difference between 
direct current and alternating current, we can see some 
similarity to keeping in touch. Our common alternating current 
changes direction of the flow of electrons sixty times (or cycles) 
a second. This could symbolize our back and forth 
communication with one another. 

Direct current always flows in one direction and could 
represent the benefit we receive from God— always coming from 
Him to us. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from 
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom 
is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:7) 

Most comparisons seem to fall short of the whole picture. 
Even in "direct current" where the benefits flow from God to 
us, we are to return to Him our thanks and praise. 

Good contact is important in electricity and also in our 
relationship to our Savior. Corroded contact points or a broken 
place in the circuit can stop the flow. Let us keep the switches 
turned on and the contacts clean so love and blessing can freely 
flow from the Savior and among the saints. 

It is said, "We are just as close to God at any given moment 
as we desire to be." This is because God is always faithful, and 
He has offered repeatedly through the ages, "I will be a Father 
unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters." That is a 
close relationship—a blood relationship that allows contact, 
communication, and countless benefits. — L.C. 



Henry Kurtz is the man who revived interest in printing 
among the Brethren. For more than a score of years he held to 
the conviction that the people he had joined should have a 
church paper. (Kurtz had been trained for the Lutheran 
ministry but later cast his lot with the Brethren.) This is how it 
happened that in 1833 and again in 1836 he started such 
publications. But it was not until 1851 that he began his 
successful experiment, though even then it was merely a 
personal venture for which he had no official encouragement. 

The new era in our church literature stems from his Gospel 
Visitor, Brethren Encyclopedia (which Brother Owen Cripe 
completed), and such other printing projects as he fathered. 

Henry Kurtz was not a superman, but he possessed the 
training, viewpoint, and ability which enabled him to determine 
the outlook of a denomination. He had more than the usual 
education when our educated men were very few. He had the 
perspective of one from the outside when our people were 
provincial in thought and circumscribed in viewpoint. He had 
the patience, tact, and skills required to bring a vision to reality 
when others were content with things as they were. 

For some men the kindest thing one can do is to forget the 
circumstances of a wasted life. How different in the case of 
Henry Kurtz! Here is the story of a man's life that is worth 
knowing. Just why he has been so largely overlooked in 
Brethren history may seem strange at first. But one must 
remember that he was too busy to bother with personal records, 
that those who immediately followed him were really too near 
to grasp Hilly his significance in relation to Brethren history. 

Through Henry Kurtz one can glimpse the unique George 
Hoke, moderator of Annual Conference at least eleven times, 
for it was Hoke's preaching that converted Kurtz, and by him 


that Kurtz was baptized. Such men as John Kline and Abraham 
H. Cassel were contemporaries and friends of Kurtz. As editor, 
author, preacher, and for nearly twenty years clerk of Annual 
Meeting, he was truly a leader among our church leaders. 

In April of 1851 several hundred persons received an 
unexpected item through the mails. We do not know just how 
many because the mailing was not over a paid list of 
subscribers, but "to brethren who had not called for them, but 
whom he supposed would perhaps be willing to receive and 
introduce the Visitor in their neighborhood." When opened, the 
unexpected item proved to be a sixteen-page magazine 
approximately six by nine inches in size. Many who read it 
found that it was indeed the long-expected paper which Henry 
Kurtz had proposed some two years before. 

On looking through the first copy of the Monthly Gospel 
Visitor, the reader found it began with a well-written "Address 
to the Reader." This was followed by a short statement of the 
plan for the work. Next came two articles. The first, "The 
Fraternity of German Baptists," was by the editor. The second 
was a selected item taken from the American Messenger. Two 
new books were reviewed at considerable length. Then came 
four pages of correspondence, a little more than two pages of 
selected matter for the young, and about two pages of poetry. 
Though the little Monthly Visitor went bravely forth, it was not 
many days before the editor began to wonder about what 
reception the Visitor might receive, for the May issue was in 
process and any light on the reception of the April number 
would be valuable for the guidance of the editor. But a strange 
quiet prevailed, so much so that the disappointed editor wrote 
in the May Visitor: "Since we issued the first number ... we 
have received a number of letters, but with the exception of 
one, none refers to our present undertaking." This one letter 
was mildly favorable, laying some stress on the value of the 


publication as a means to preventing misunderstanding as 
between different parts of the Brotherhood. 

The measure of the editor's greatness is evident in the 
persistent yet patient way in which he sought to clear the way 
for the establishment of a church paper. He might have plunged 
ahead in defiance of opposition, but Kurtz had the grace to 
labor and to wait. Thus it was that the decision of the Yearly 
Meeting for 1851, while not final, lifted a great burden from his 
mind. He came home to write: "Well, thanks to God, this 
uncertainty about the continuance of the Visitor is removed, so 
far as the Yearly Meeting could do it. . . We find prejudice is 
giving way, and our weak efforts to serve the truth and the 
brotherhood are kindly appreciated. To all those who have 
exerted themselves in behalf of the Visitor, our most heartfelt 

Condensed from an article in the Gospel Messenger, 
June 16, 1951 By Harry A. Brandt 

The Church and the World walked far apart 
On the changing shore of time; 
The World was singing a giddy song, 
And the Church a hymn sublime. 
"Come give me your hand/' said the merry World, 
"And then walk with me this way." 
But the Church hid her snowy hand 
And solemnly answered, "Nay." 

"I will not give my hand at all, 
And I will not walk with you; 
Your way is the way of eternal death, 
And your words are all untrue." 
"Nay, walk with me a little space," 
Said the World with a kindly air, 
"The road I walk is a pleasant road, 
And the sun shines always there. 


"Your way is narrow and thorny and rough, 
While mine is flowery and smooth; 
Your lot is sad with reproach and toil, 
But in rounds of joy I move. 
My way you can see, is a broad, fair one, 
And my gate is high and wide; 
There is room enough for you and me, 
And we'll travel side by side." 

Half shyly the Church approached the World, 

And gave him her hand of snow; 

And the false World grasped it, and walked along 

And whispered in accents low, 

"Your dress is too simple to please my taste; 

I have gold and pearls to wear; 

Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form, 

And diamonds to deck your hair." 

The Church looked down at the plain white robes, 

And then at the dazzling World, 

And blushed as she saw his handsome lip 

With a smile contemptuous curled; 

"I will change my dress for a costlier one." 

Said the Church with a smile of grace. 

Then her pure white garments drifted away, 

And the World gave in their place 

Beautiful satins and fashionable silks 

And roses and gems and pearls; 

And over her forehead her bright hair fell 

And waved in a thousand curls. 

"Your house is too plain," said the proud old World. 

"Let us build you one like mine, 

With kitchen for feasting and parlor for play, 

And furniture ever so fine," 

So he built her a costly and beautiful house, 
Splendid it was to behold; 
Her sons and daughters met frequently there, 
Shining in purple and gold. 


And fair and festival-frolics untold 
Were held in the place of prayer; 
And maidens bewitching as sirens of old, 
With world-winning graces rare 

Bedecked with fair jewels and hair all curled 

Untrammeled by Gospel or Laws, ) 

To beguile and amuse and win from the World, 

Some help for the righteous cause. 

The Angel of mercy rebuked the Church, 

And whispered, "I know thy sin." 

Then the Church looked sad and anxiously longed 

To gather the children in. 

But some were away at the midnight ball, 

And others were at the play; 

And some were drinking in gay saloons, 

And the angel went away. 

And then said the World in soothing tones, 

"Your much loved ones mean no harm, 

Merely indulging in innocent sports." i 

So she leaned still on his proffered arm. 

And smiled and chatted, and gathered flowers, 

And walked along with the World: 

While countless millions of precious souls 

Were hungering for truth untold. 

"Your preachers are all too old and plain," 

Said the gay World with a sneer. 

"They frighten my children with dreadful tales 

Which I do not like to hear. 

"They talk of judgments and fire and pain, 

And the gloom of darkest night. A 

They warn of a place that should not be 
Thus spoken to ears polite! 
I will send you some~a better stamp- 
More brilliant and gay and fast, 
Who will show how men may live as they list 
And go to heaven at last. 


"The Father is merciful, great, and good, 

Loving and tender and kind. 

Do you think He'd take one child to heaven 

And leave another behind?" 

So she called for pleasing and gay divines, 

Deemed gifted and great and learned; 

And the plain old men that had preached the cross 

Were out of her pulpits turned. 

Then Mammon came in and supported the Church, 

And rented a prominent pew; 

And preaching and singing and floral display 

Soon proclaimed a gospel new. 

"You give too much to the poor," said the World, 

"Far more than you ought to do; 

Though the poor need shelter, food, and clothes, 

Why thus need it trouble you? 

"Go take your money and buy rich robes 

And horses and carriages fine; 

And pearls and jewels and dainty food, 

The rarest and costliest wine, 

My children they dote on all such things, 

And if you their love would win, 

You must do as they do and walk in the way, 

The flowery way they're in." 

Then the Church her purse-strings tightly held 

And gracefully lowered her head, 

And simpered, "I've given too much away; 

I will do, sir, as you have said." 

So the poor were turned from the door in scorn; 

She heard not the orphans' cry; 

And she drew her beautiful robes aside 

As the widows went weeping by. 

And they of the Church and they of the World 
Journeyed closely, hand and heart, 
And none but the master, who knoweth all, 
Could discern the two apart. 


Then the Church sat down at her ease and said, 

"I'm rich and in goods increased; 

I have need of nothing, and naught to do 

But to laugh and dance and feast." 

The sly World heard her and laughed within, 

And mockingly said aside, 

"The Church has fallen—the beautiful Church; 

Her shame is her boast and pride." 

Thus her witnessing power, alas, was lost, 

And perilous times came in; 

The times of the end, so often foretold, 

Of form and pleasure and sin. 

Then the Angel drew near the mercy-seat 

And whispered in sighs her name, 

And the saints their anthems of rapture hushed 

And covered their heads with shame. 

A voice came down from the hush of heaven, 

From Him who sat on the throne; 

"I know thy works and what thou hast said, 

But alas! thou hast not known 

That thou art poor and naked and blind 

With pride and ruin enthralled; 

The expectant Bride of a heavenly Groom 

Is the harlot of the World! 

Thou hast ceased to watch for that blessed hope, 

Hast fallen from zeal and grace; 

So now, alas! 1 must cast thee out, 

And blot thy name from its place." 
Matilda C. Edwards, 
Grape Hill, Va., January 3, 1874 
Selected by Karen Johnson 


Wakarusa, Indiana October 2,3 

Salida, California October 16,17 

All are welcome to these services. Come and bring friends. 



Of all the attributes of God, His wrath seems more difficult 
than all others for man to understand. How can love and wrath 
relate to each other? Had man not disobeyed, they would never 
have experienced or known God's wrath. 

Creation is God's possession. He has all rights to its 
existence. This all came to pass through the attribute of love. 
This is the side of God that will ultimately prevail. For this to 
come about, Satan needs to be destroyed because he and his 
subjects will not respond to love. Therefore to preserve God's 
sovereignty, evil will be eliminated by His wrath exercised in 
vengeance. (II Thess. 1:7-9) 

The Scriptures giving the history of creation from the 
beginning till the time of Christ are the only authentic account 
of God's will and how He dealt with Satan and his subjects. 
Over and over again God's wrath in vengeance is what brought 
men to their senses to acknowledge that the God of Israel is the 
only true God. God's using a physical kingdom to prove His 
sovereignty is a classic exposition of His love and also His 
wrath-not only to those outside of His chosen people, but also 
to those within. Over and over again He used wicked nations 
to bring suffering and death to those He had chosen to be His 
people because of their disobedience— even to the point that it 
troubled the prophets that God used nations more wicked that 
Israel to bring this punishment upon His people. 

God's response to them was that all wickedness will 
ultimately be destroyed. One of the classic accounts is that of 
Babylon and its King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophecies against 
this kingdom have come to pass and today there is even a 
question as to where this city was located. 

To understand and know the purpose of God's wrath is a 
salvation requirement. It has taught of the helpless state man is 
in when he defies the true and living God. Not until the heart 


can have reverence for His wrath can it conceive His love which 
is the only power available to the human heart that will 
overcome evil within itself. 

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good 
understanding have all they that do his commandments: his 
praise endureth for ever." (Psalm 111:10) 

God spoke through Jeremiah in the fall of Jerusalem and its 
restoration: "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, 
whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in 
great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I 
will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, 
and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one 
way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and 
of their children after them." (Jer. 32:37-39) 

"And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of 
thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and 
to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart 
and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, 
and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?" 
(Deut. 10: 12, 13) Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 


To all of our dear brethren, friends, and loved ones, 

"Thank-you" seems far too small a word, to express our 
gratitude for the outpouring of support with which we have 
been blessed in the past five months. Phone calls, letters, cards, 
scrap books, visits, meals, help with chores, financial help, and 
much more are evidence of the love of Christ for us. Prayers on 
our behalf have undoubtedly been one of the greatest blessings: 
the privilege of knowing that God is in control, hears our 
petitions. . . and answers! Please continue to pray for healing 
and that God's will might be accomplished in each of our lives. 

Lloyd and Beth Wagner and family 



The Power of a Surrendered Life 

The secret of prevailing prayer is a surrendered life. "And 
whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his 
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his 
sight." (I John 3:22) "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he 
shall give thee the desires of thine heart." (Psalm 37:4) "And I 
knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people 
which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast 
sent me. (John 11:42) "For I came down from heaven, not to 
do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (John 6:38) 
"... My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish 
his work." (John 4:34) "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume 
of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." 
(Hebrews 10:7) 

There is great power in a daily surrendered life. "Neither 
yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto 
sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from 
the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness 
unto God. (Rom. 6:13) "But now being made free from sin, 
and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, 
and the end everlasting life. (Rom. 6:22) 

There are results of a surrendered life. "If any man will do 
his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or 
whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17) "This then is the 
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, 
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (I John 1:5) 

If your will is not surrendered, there are results too. "The 
light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy 
whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy 
whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that 
is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" 


(Matt. 6:22, 23) What a responsibility and privilege as we 
profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. M Ye are the light of 
the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid," we read 
in Matthew 5:14. May every word, thought, and deed bring 
glory to His name. 

A surrendered life brings joy overflowing. "If ye keep my 
commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept 
my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things 
have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and 
that your joy might be full " (John 15:10,11) 

Christ is manifested through a surrendered life. "He that 
hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth 
me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I 
will love him and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21) 
Also read I Thess. 4:16; John 4:23; and John 20:20. 

He gives the one surrendered to Him the Holy Spirit. "And 
we are witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, 
whom God hath given to them that obey him." (Acts 5:32) 

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we 
ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we 
know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we 
have the petitions that we desired of him." (I John 5:14,15) 

May it be a joy to you to surrender to Him, knowing that 
"all things work together for good to them that love God, to 
them who are the called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28) 
I surrender all; I surrender all. 
All to Thee, my blessed Savior, 
I surrender all. Have you? 

James and Betty Beery, Williamsport, Indiana 

LoisMohler 1007 Manor Dr. Ripon 

(same phone) (209) 599-7772 
Bart Taylor's P.O. Box 1254, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Katy, Be Kind to Kitty 

Toby purred as Katy straightened the lacy doll's bonnet so 
that it covered both ears again. He batted at the strings, then 
dabbled at her chin. She laughed. "Most babies don't act that 
way!" she scolded. 

It was fun playing dress-up with the kitten, but it would be 
more fun if his sister would cooperate, too. Molly was stalking 
the blanket trailing from the baby buggy, and quickly Katy 
grabbed her. "You're going to cooperate this time!" 

Molly's annoyed expression showed she didn't agree. She 
twisted and growled as Katy tried to put a doll dress on her. 

"Naughty Kitty!" yelled Katy, as she cuffed the kitten. 
Molly gave a quick yowl, scratched frantically, and broke loose. 

"Mama!" yelled Katy, running into the house. "Look what 
Molly did!" She held up her scratched hand. "I was just 
playing with her. Why is she so wild?" 

"Molly's not wild, Katy. She lets you pet her all the time. 
You must have been doing something she didn't like." 

"I was just trying to dress her up, Toby lets me. Why won't 
Molly? She just growls and runs away! " 

"Katy," Mama said, "Molly doesn't like being dressed up. 
Probably it frightens her. Think about how much bigger you 
are than she is. She is rather brave to trust you at all, don't you 
think? Would you like something that much bigger than you 
trying to wrap you up in something strange? Toby is special for 
letting you play with him like that. Don't try to make Molly do 
things she doesn't like. It isn't kind. The Bible says we should 
be kind, even to animals. If you pet Molly nicely, you'll get 
along very well with her. Now, we'd better wash those 
scratches so they don't get infected." 

Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 




The Pilgrim's Farewell 

Pilgrims, with pleasure let us part, 
Since we are of one mind and heart; 
No length of days, no distant place, 
Can ever break these bands of grace. 

A few more rolling days and years, 
Shall bring a period to our tears, 
Spon shall we reach the blissful shore, 
Where parting shall be known no more. 

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VOL. 46 OCTOBER. 1999 No. 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. " I Peter 2:11 


If we could see beyond today 

As God can see; 
If all the clouds should roll away, 

The shadows flee; 
O'er present griefs we would not fret. 
Each sorrow 1 we would soon forget, 
For many joys are waiting yet 

For you and me. 

If we could know beyond today 

As God doth know, 
Why dearest treasures pass away 

And tears must flow; 
And why the darkness leads to light, 
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright; 
Some day life's wrongs will be made right, 

Faith tells us so. 

"If we could see, if we could know," 

We often say, 
But God in love a veil doth throw 

Across our way; 
We cannot see what lies before, 
And so we cling to Him the more, 
He leads us till this life is o'er; 

Trust and obey. 

Author unknown 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor; Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


My garden chopper purred steadily as I fed in cornstalks to 
grind for the cows. I was glad for the corn to feed since grain 
and hay are so costly, and I have to buy them. Suddenly I was 
surprised by a loud "CLUNK" and the chopper stopped. There 
was no question— my corn chopping for that time was done. I 
pulled out unground stalks and found a loose bolt with fibers 
wrapped tightly around it. Sometimes the routine of our lives is 
abruptly changed, and we know it is something vital. 

It happened to Job. He did not see behind the scenes where 
God was calling him "a perfect and an upright man," and Satan 
was accusing him of serving God for gain. He did not see God 
give Satan the freedom to test him by taking away the blessings 
God had given him. He only heard the "clunk." His oxen, 
asses, sheep, camels, and sons and daughters were all taken. 

Job responded well: "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, 
and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and 
worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's 
womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the 
Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 

Was Satan satisfied that God's evaluation of Job was true? 
Satan is never happy with God's children. "Skin for skin, yea, 
all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine 
hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse 
thee to thy face." Again God allowed Satan to test Job— this 
time with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 
Misery is perhaps not a strong enough word to describe his 
suffering. Again, without understanding it and against his wife's 
advice to curse God and die, Job retained integrity and "did not 
sin with his lips." 


The experiences of Job did not end there. After his three 
friends sat down to comfort him and could only accuse him; 
after Job had complained, cursed his day, and pled with God to 
take his life; after God instructed him by hard questions; Job 
came through with victory. He gave glory to God. He 
confessed ". . .1 uttered that I understood not; things too 
wonderful for me, which I knew not. . . Wherefore I abhor 
myself, and repent in dust and ashes." 

As you know, God restored to him twice what he had 
before, besides more sons and daughters. God said to his three 
friends, ". . . ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as 
my servant Job hath*" 

How good God is! The experiences of Job prove His 
goodness, His wisdom, His care of His children, and His 

I have a repair job to do on my chopper. Oh! that life's 
problems were so simple. We do not see behind the scenes; 
many times we wonder why. Why me? But why not me? Is it 
sickness? A crippling accident? Financial failure? Betrayal of 
friends? False accusations? A disastrous fire? These are only a 
few of seeming calamitous events that might befall us. 

From Job we learn that God is in perfect control. We learn 
that Satan can go only as far as God allows. We learn that, for 
God's children, there is profit in suffering. Job's reward was 
earthly blessings. But the reward of the "born again" goes far 
beyond sheep and cattle and corn choppers. We might not see 
even a trace of earthly return. The martyrs didn't, and yet they 
rejoiced because they could see the greater blessings of 
everlasting life. 

God sees the sparrow fall. Jesus tells us the hairs of our 
head are numbered and that we are of more value than many 
sparrows. The secret is trusting Him. Jesus came to redeem 
our souls so that earthly blessings no longer count for very 
much if only our names are written in heaven. 


If we could talk to Job after his ordeal, he could give us 
good advice. And yet we have his example, his words of 
submission, and the record that God loved him and brought him 
through. \ 

Some of our friends have testified that the experience of 
trials was valuable beyond measure. "I would rather have the 
experience than to have my fingers restored." "My sickness 
brought me closer to God." "I haven't suffered like my Savior 
suffered for me." "These things teach us patience and humility." 
My aunt, who spent helpless years as a result of a paralyzing 
stroke, testified that the quiet, wakeful, wee hours of the 
morning were her time with God. My brother testifies that 
through his sickness he has been made more willing, even 
anxious, to go to be with the Lord. 

"If ye endure chastisement, God dealeth with you as with 
sons. . . Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be 
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised 
thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the 
feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that 
which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be 
healed." (Hebrews 12:7,11-13) --L.C. 

Has calamity assailed us? 

Has it left us cold, afraid? 

Has our cheerfulness now failed us? 

Is it right to be dismayed? 

Look beyond the present terror; 
It will only be for time; 
Faith and hope in Christ our Savior 
Prove our suffering is sublime. 

If God chose to always bless us 
With prosperity and peace, 


Selfishness could then possess us; 
Pride and greed would never cease. 

God's kind furnace purifies us; 
His own hand of mercy moves; 
Makes us better, sanctifies us; 
His blest will and love it proves. -L.C. 


The path lies before us; straight, narrow, rocky; up hills and 
down into valleys, through mud and rain, hot desert sand, ice 
and snow; with travelers slipping, sliding, falling, rising, 
crawling, walking, running; crying in sorrow, laughing with joy, 
smiling with understanding, looking with concern, reaching to 
rescue. Through it all, the hands, feet, and voices of our loved 
ones are there, their faces shining with the image of Christ, a 
reflection of the distant vision on the far horizon. On both sides 
lie the world, taunting us with its alluring and enticing gadgets 
and pleasures. Occasionally one of our number veers off the 
path onto a pleasant avenue and cruises away, following the lust 
of the eyes and flesh, disappearing into the crowd. Sometimes 
there are sharp words and disagreements and 
misunderstandings, leaving one of our number veering off into a 
lonely lane that dead-ends in bitterness. Despite all this, we 
plod on, looking for them at the intersections, but going on in 
hope toward our vision, the image of Christ awaiting us at the 
end, welcoming us with salvation and eternal life with Him! 

Continue or persevere means to persist in an action, a 
purpose, despite obstacles. In it we see the word severe, a 
definite strictness. Synonyms include doggedness, 

steadfastness, tenacity. Tenacity has the original meaning of 


adhesiveness, as in glue. I think this gives us a clear picture of 
how close to "My Word" we are to "stick." 

I John starts with, "Thai which was from the beginning, 
which we have heard. . . " Yes, most of us have heard from our 
beginnings. Do we continue to hear? ". . . Which we have seen 
with our eyes, which we have looked upon. . . " Haven't we seen 
Jesus through our parents, our brethren and sisters, and 
certainly in the Word? ". . . And our hands have handled, of 
the Word of life. " We have affectionately handled the Word, 
reading and studying it. We have held our brothers' hands in 
greeting, in sorrow, in understanding. We have handled our 
brother's feet in washing, lost in the vision of Jesus' washing His 
disciples' feet in love. Yes, we must say, His life has been 
manifested unto us and continues to be. Praise the Lord! (I 
John 1:2) 

"... If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples 
indeed; And the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31,32) 
There is the condition of if we continue in His Word. There is 
concentration, study, research, meditation, communication, 
effort, work. In this way we learn to know the Word, to 
memorize, to understand meanings and implications. His Word 
is Truth and the Truth sets us free! We become adhered to His 
Word which makes us free of ourselves! (Jo. 8:36; II Th. 3:1; I 
Pe. 2:15-16) 

It is ironic, but we are our biggest obstacle. Getting beyond 
ourselves is the most difficult task God has given us. We 
struggle, we despair, but only when we give up will we get 
anywhere! We must totally give up our lives to Jesus. We 
must become nothing, in order to become something for Him. 
To do this we must deal with our past and our present, and 
determine our future. "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the 
Lord directeth his steps." (Pr. 16:9) It is a matter of deep, 
critical, painful self-examination, surrendering all to God. It is a 
great help to spill our heart out on paper, to get it out in front 


of us in print. Then it is also a great help to confide in 
someone. Sometimes it is better to choose someone removed 
from our situation, unbiased, but with the same Gospel 

So, to be free indeed, we must know the truth, but this must 
go beyond just knowing it; it must permeate our inner man, 
regenerating it into the attributes of Jesus, "That ye walk 
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every 
good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; . . .to 
present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight: 
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not 
moved away from the hope of the gospel. . ." (Col. 1:10,22,23) 
To be fruitful in every good work is the purpose of being free in 
Jesus. But we are to be "clothed with humility," (I Pe. 5:5) 
because it is Christ working in us and we have nothing to boast 
about. Remember, we are free from our old selves through the 
power of Christ. 

This brings us to some questions to ask ourselves. Am I 
portraying the love of Christ? Read Romans 8:35-39. Do I 
speak the truth in love? (Eph. 4:15) (Are we "growing up"?) 
Do I try to understand my brother; do I "walk a mile in his 
moccasins? ( \?hil 1:27; Col. 3:9-14) "And this is love, that we 
walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, 
as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." 
"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we 
have wrought, ("to earn by working"— Vines expository 
dictionary) but that we receive a full reward." (II John 6,8) The 
Word of God is what we have heard from the beginning 
whereby we have obtained our salvation through faith, not of 
works. But we see here that there is something to be earned by 
working: a full reward! Our faith, which developed our fervent 
love of the Gospel and of one another, compelled us to full 
obedience and the work of the Gospel. (I Cor. 3:12-14; II 
Thess.. 2:16,17) 


"Continue" implies movement, moving onward. We can 
only move onward if we are free. A man in bondage is bound 
. and can only move within his bounds which is himself A man 
in the freedom of Christ finds himself liberated of himself and in 
the liberty of Christ. "But whoso looketh into the perfect law 
of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful 
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his 
deed." (James 1:25) There are also bounds in the liberty of 
Christ, but we are freed from sin and self, transformed into the 
glorious liberty of Christ. "Because the creature itself also shall 
be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious 
liberty of the children of God." (Rom. 8:21) 

Jesus said, "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved 
you: continue ye in my love." (John 15:9) The Hebrew writer 
said, "Let brotherly love continue." (Heb. 13:1) Paul said, ". . 
.if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." 
(I Tim. 2:15) He was speaking of women, but this certainly 
pertains to men also. Paul also states, ". . .that the truth of the 
gospel might continue with you." (Gal 2:5) Certain brethren 
had come in unawares with the purpose to undermine the liberty 
of Christ with the bondage of the law. He exhorts us to remain 
steadfast in the truth of the Gospel, refusing to turn even a little 
to the right or the left. "If ye continue in My Word. " 

To continue faithfully will be to suffer many things and to 
endure tribulation. (See Acts 14:22.) It's not an easy road, but 
it's the road that Christ has left for us, and He has made it 
passable through His Spirit who empowers us to continue. 
"Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell 
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of 
the creation." (II Peter 3:4) We see changes in the world that 
indicate His second coming is near. His promise is sure; His 
time is different from our time, but we see signs of that time 
nearing, "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth 
the sayings of the prophecy of this book." ". . .my reward is 


with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." 
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may 
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates 
into the city." (Rev. 22:7,12,14) "Continue in prayer, and 
watch in the same with thanksgiving." (Col. 4:2) 

Ron Cable, Williamsport, Indiana 


September 1 1 Anna Cover of Tuolumne, California 

September 26 Timothy Yoder of Middlebury, Indiana 

May they continue in the faith and love of Jesus, our Savior. 


CABLE - A son, Mark Eldon, born August 3 to Andrew and 
Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana. 


John Brandt's 62201 Ash Road 

Wakarusa, IN 46573 

Norman Cable's 67505 C.R. 1 1 

Nappanee, IN 46550 

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Goshen, IN 46526 

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Flora, IN 46929 

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"If we are Christians and do not have upon us the calling to 
respond to the lostness of the lost and a compassion for those 
of our kind for this life and eternity, our orthodoxy is ugly. And 
it's ugly in the presence of anybody who's an honest person. 
And more than that, orthodoxy without compassion is ugly to 
God." (Francis Schaeffer in A Christian View of the Church) 

If we have a faith worth keeping, worth having, we have a 
faith worth sharing to anybody— anybody in the whole world! 
And our hearts must burn with love for them— if we have a heart 
like Jesus'. Can't this just burn in our very bosoms if we are 
true, regenerated disciples of Christ? 

Michael Harris, Goshen, Indiana 


O Great Physician, Prince of Peace, 
We bow before Thee now 
To humbly ask that You will reach 
Thy healing to bestow. 

Our bodies are but earthen clay, 
Decaying bit by bit; 
Thy will be done, Lord, we pray, 
For Thy kingdom make us fit. 

Thy word reveals that suffering brings 
A ceasing from life's sin; 
Cover us with almighty wings, 
True healing bring within. 


If then these mortal bodies fail, 
Or even if they die, 
* We know because of Christ's travail, 

Our home's beyond the sky. 

Christ is our Life, our Way, our Hope; 
Let come to us what may; 
He is our Rock midst every strife; 
Thanks be to God, we pray. 

Lloyd Wagner 
Modesto, California 

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 

In the early 1500's a German peasant named Martin Luther 
was working his way through school when he came near being 
killed by a bolt of lightning. Pondering his close call with death, 
Luther changed his course of study from law to that of 
theology. At twenty-four he was ordained a priest. 

Martin Luther differed with policies of the Roman Church. 
He challenged the supremacy of the Pope and spoke out against 
indulgence taxes. Luther said that everybody should read the 
Bible. And he said all should be allowed to sing in church. He 
spent thirteen years translating the Bible into his native German 
language. He wrote thirty-seven hymns. He outlined his 
contentions in ninety-five points and on October 31, 1517, 
nailed his theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church 
for all to see. The Pope issued an edict for Luther's 
excommunication. Luther's writings were burned. Luther 
promptly burned the Pope's edict. 


Emperor Charles V commanded Luther to retract. He 
refused and was sentenced by the court. The elector who was 
charged to keep him in custody was his friend and turned his 
back while Luther escaped to carry on his work of the 

Martin Luther and his followers were ever being hauled into 
court. To give his followers courage on the eve of yet another 
court appearance in 1529, he wrote this hymn: 
A mighty fortress is our God, 
A bulwark never failing; 
Our helper He, amid the flood 
Of mortal ills prevailing: 
For still our ancient foe 
Doth seek to work us woe; 
His craft and power are great, 
And, armed with cruel hate, 
On earth is not his equal. 
Information fromyl Hymn Is Born, by Clint Bonner 
1959 Broadman Press. Used by permission. 

Jean Martin 
Goshen, Indiana 


The complaint in human history is that life isn't fair. We 
believe this is the root cause of sin, misery, and suffering. 

This battle began in heaven. Satan's interference in God's 
will and dominion was caused by the spirit of inferiority which 
creates a spirit of rebellion. This is then vindicated in 
vengeance. Vengeance exercised is then the sin that separates 
man from the Spirit and love of God. 

To violate God's truth in moral laws or in our demanding of 
justice in life's struggles is a vindication of our refusal to relate 


to God's justice that is awaiting all men, whether good or evil. 
The reason it will be just is because God revealed to man the 
rewards and punishments of the choices we make. 

The first conflict in human history reveals this when Cain 
rose up and slew his brother. Cain was offended at God. Cain's 
refusal to accept justice was expressed in vengeance. So it is 
with the human race ever since. 

God, in confronting Cain, asked him, "Why art thou wroth? 
and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt 
thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the 
door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over 
him." The last sentence in the above verse in the NIV is said 
this way: "It desires to have you, but you must master it." This 
means Satan desires to have our devotion, but we must rule 
over him. If Cain would only have taken heed, it would have 
spared him the vengeance that God's justice now required. 

To trust and accept God's justice is a salvation requirement 
because from this knowledge we can relate to God's justice in 
grace and mercy and also His wrath and vengeance, 

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no 
man shall see the Lord; Looking diligently lest any man fail of 
the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up 
trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." (Heb. 12: 14,15) 

To fail the grace of God would be the saddest experience of 
the human heart~to think that we are under the canopy of grace 
and fail the test. It is evident by the Scriptures that many will 
experience this very thing. 

Peace and holiness can not be separated; if we have one, we 
will have the other. To have peace, we are in total agreement 
with God's justice and are at rest in life's callings. Holiness is 
the act and expression of peace. We are at peace with suffering 
and physical death. The flesh dies daily to the things that would 
mar our peace, and we trust in God's justice. 


A bitter spirit can not be hid, and though we try to adorn it 
with an ecclesiastical robe, it can not love. When we can't love, 
we become murderers, and we know no murderer has eternal 
life abiding in him. (I John 3:15) This is God's justice declared 
and will never be altered. 

Ezekiel 18:25-32: "Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not 
equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are 
not your ways unequal? 

"When a righteous man turneth away from his 
righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for 
his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 

"Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his 
wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is 
lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 

"Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his 
transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he 
shall not die. 

"Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not 
equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your 
ways unequal? 

"Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, every one 
according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn 
yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be 
your ruin. 

"Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye 
have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: 
for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 

"For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith 
the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." 

Kenneth Martin 
Napannee, Indiana 

To be a missionary we don't have to cross the sea, but we 
do have to see the cross. —Selected 


Be Kind Even to Pests 

"That fly surely is pesky!" Brian grumped. He and his 
family had just eaten Sunday dinner at Katy's house, and the 
children were now playing together in Katy's room. A large fly 
was bumbling around the room, beating itself against the 
window, and repeatedly landing on the children. 

"I'll get the fly swatter!" Katy said. 

"No! Let me try to catch it and show you something funny! 
If you pull one wing off, it can't fly. It just keeps spinning when 
it tries." replied Brian. 

Just then the fly landed on the window sill and began busily 
cleaning itself. Brian tried to catch it between his fingers, but it 
saw him coming and flew away. 

Soon he spied another slow-moving fly on the screen. Old 
and tired, it didn't respond so quickly, and he easily caught it, 
pulled a wing off, and dropped the fly onto the window sill. It 
made a small effort to fly, then just sat there unmoving. 

As Brian poked at it to scare it, his father called that it was 
time to leave, and the fly was forgotten. After they were gone, 
Katy went back to look at the fly, and found it on its back, legs 
waving helplessly. It tried to fly as Katy approached, but only 
spun off onto the floor. It did look funny, but then Katy 
noticed the wound where the wing had been pulled off. 
Suddenly she realized it was probably in pain and afraid. It 
wasn't fanny any more. Tears began to fill her eyes as she ran 
to tell her mama. 

Katy had hardly begun her story before Mama grabbed the 
swatter and quickly put an end to the fly. Then she sat down 
and drew Katy to her. "I'm glad to see that you understand the 
need to be kind, even to pests," she said. 

"Is it cruel to kill them?" Katy asked. 



"No, it isn't. Sometimes killing pests is part of good 
husbandry," Mama replied. "We must try to do so quickly 
without making them suffer, though. Some say bugs can't feel. 
Maybe they can't, but needlessly causing fear or anger is cruel, 
too. After all, they are little miracles of God, and He cares 
about them, too, don't you think?" 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my 
pilgrimage. (Psalm 119:54) Can we sing for joy about the 
ways and statutes of God as we pass through this land on our 
way heavenward? God is good and leads His dear children 
along. — L.C. 










VOL 46 NOVEMBER, 1999 No. ll 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. " I Peter 2:11 


Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 5:20 

For all that God in mercy sends- 
For health and children, home, and friends; 
For comfort in the time of need, 
For every kindly word and deed, 
For happy thoughts and holy talk, 
For guidance in our daily walk- 
In everything give thanks! 

For beauty in this world of ours, 
For verdant grass and lovely flowers, 
For songs of birds, for hum of bees, 
For the refreshing summer breeze, 
For hill and plain, for stream and wood, 
For the great ocean's mighty flood- 
In everything give thanks! 

For the sweet sleep that comes at night, 
For the returning morning light, 
For the bright sun that shines on high, 
For the stars glittering in the sky- 
For these and everything we see, 
O Lord, our hearts we lift to Thee; 
In everything give thanks! 

E. I. Tupper 


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The sea seems restless this morning. Unusually large waves 
crash upon the rocks changing the dark water to white foam. 
The rocks remain unchanged. But while the rocks are firm, it 
can be dangerous to climb on them—especially when the surf is 
so high. Only yesterday here at Monterey Bay, a bride was 
swept off the rocks at "Lovers' Point." She and her new 
husband were taking pictures beyond the yellow ribbon warning 
of danger. She was pulled from the water after about fifteen 
minutes, but too late to save her life. 

In what way could rocks and high surf remind us of 
thanksgiving? This is a vivid picture of Christian experience. 
There is solid rock to stand on— Jesus Christ, the same 
yesterday, and today, and for ever. No amount of turmoil can 
move those who are firm on the Rock. But there is danger 
when we ignore the warnings and stray into forbidden areas. 

There is something constant and relentless about the 
adversary's assaults on the church, on its members, and on the 
very truth of God. It is part of the battle that began when Satan 
rebelled and will end when he is put down. Meanwhile, the war 
rages around us like the restless sea. 

Today we should be especially thankful for safety in Christ. 
There is unrest in the world around us as we enter a new 
millennium. But notice the cause for this fear. It seems to be 
the fear of failure of man-made computers. It is not the fear of 
God. The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of 
wisdom. It also tells us not to fear man who can only destroy 
the body, "but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul 
and body in hell." 


I am thankful today for the simple faith of our fathers. We 
are glad for those who can study into the deep mysteries of 
God's truth. But most of us must simply believe the record. 
One preacher was telling of Elijah and the widow's food, the 
miraculous barrel of meal and cruse of oil. He paused and 
asked, "Do you believe this?" When we believe, we are 
believers; when we do not believe, we are doubters. 

The theory of evolution seems not to receive so much 
attention now. But if this is true, it is only because it is now so 
widely accepted as fact. We cannot accept this theory and 
believe the Bible. Thank God for parents and teachers who 
simply believe the Word of God. "Nevertheless the foundation 
of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them 
that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ 
depart from iniquity." (II Tim. 2:19) 

We should be thankful for the abundance of food in our 
land. We pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," and hardly 
think that it will not keep coming. How sad when we waste 
good food or do not appreciate it! A few days ago we passed a 
field where sweet potatoes had been harvested. The ground 
was littered with small and scarred yams that had been left. A 
few people had come to glean, but most of that good food was 
left to spoil-hundreds of pounds that would have fed many had 
there been a need. (With permission, we loaded our trunk,) 

Our thanksgiving should include appreciation for the skill of 
doctors, dentists, and other health care workers. Though 
controversy rages about just how it is to be administered, we 
hear of very few in our land who do not receive expert care. 

Then there are friends, family, and faithful companions. 
God has not left us alone to make our way without support and 
encouragement from fellow followers. God is good. Jesus, our 
best Friend, has promised to accompany us all the way- in 
every valley and trial. 


Thank our Father for His Word. He has preserved it at 
great cost. We have in our home at least twenty-five copies of 
the Scriptures. How many do you have? In the dark ages and 
even later, it was a crime to have one. 

We could go on listing the beauties and pleasures of a world 
that God created and pronounced very good. We do not 
deserve the abundance God has given. But we read that if we 
fathers know how to give our children good gifts, surely our 
Heavenly Father knows how to care for us and give us His Holy 
Spirit, May our hearts respond in thankful service. — L.C. 

Praise is comely; praise is fitting; 
Our Redeemer hears each word; 
Let our hearts, ourselves forgetting, 
Open wide to thank our Lord. 

Sing it out—the new song's stanzas- 
Let the folks around us hear; 
It is God that wisely hands us 
All the blessings of the year. 

Loose my tongue, O Lord, my Savior; 
Touch my heart and help me sing. 
Let Thy grace "my soul's chief treasure," 
Kindle there my thank off ring. 

As the century passes by us; 
As millenniums roll around; 
May God's praise possess the pious 
May we stand on holy ground. 

Soon the Savior's shout from heaven 
Shall resound o'er land and sea; 
Soon we'll see Him, Christ, the Blessed, 
Coming back in victory. -L. C. 



It is the duty of man to be thankful to God in all things. For 
from Him cometh "every good gift, and every perfect gift." 
(James 1:17) 

The church frequently assembles for that purpose. Where is 
the genuine Christian whose fields have been abundantly blessed 
with the "early and the latter rain," and have produced him an 
abundant crop so that he may have enough, and perhaps to 
spare, who does not feel willing and considers it his duty to 
frequently give one day to the Lord, separate and apart from all 
others, for the special purpose of thanking Him that he is still 
numbered with the living, and that he has still food to eat and 
clothes to wear? 

We are frequently admonished to our duty by our rulers; 
men in authority. And we think there is perfect safety in 
complying with their requests, so long as they ask no more of 
us than is really our duty. "Submit yourselves to every 
ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake." (I Peter 2:13) 

Then let us all attend to this matter and show forth our 
gratefulness to Him who provides for us all. 

For various reasons have we come 
Before the Lord with prayer and song; 
We see that His all-bounteous hand 
Has scattered blessing o'er the land. 

Our fields were amply set with grain; 
Thus were our labors blessed again; 
Let every earthly blessing prove 
Our thankfulness to him we love. 

—Samuel Kinzie, 1865 From "The Pious Companion" 
Selected by Joseph E. Wagner 



"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth 
favour of the Lord." (Pro. 18:22) 

How many people that are married today have not obtained 
the blessing of this proverb! The verse surely means, "Whoso 
findeth a godly wife;" 

So how can we obtain favor of the Lord in the matter of 
marriage? The answer obviously is to be in God's will, the same 
as any other area of our lives that we want God's favor in, and 
we can find His will in His Word. Alexander Mack wrote in 
Rights and Ordinances, "The state of marriage of two persons 
who are one in the fear of God, and in faith in God, is ordained 
and blessed by God Himself" 

Our marriages should be grounded on truth. Let's ground 
our lives, or build them, on the Rock. All other ground is 
sinking sand. You don't have to look very far or long to see the 
results of marriages built on the sand. They are collapsing all 
around us. Thank God He did not leave us without answers. 
We have a Book that tells us how to find a godly partner~how 
to found marriages on the Rock. 

Paul writes in II Cor. 6:14-18, "Be ye not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath 
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath 
light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? 
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what 
agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (To all these 
things I think we can say that we have absolutely none, other 
than being a witness to them for truth. We're not to be partners 
with them.) Then Paul goes on, "For ye are the temple of the 
living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in 
them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 


saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my 
sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 

I hope we all want to be God's sons and daughters and have 
Him for our Father. He says He will be our Father if 
we "Come out from among them, and be ye separate" Paul 
writes on in chapter seven, verse one, "Having therefore these 
promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all 
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of 

Who are we supposed to come out from among, and not 
fellowship with, and not be yoked to? Unbelievers. The Old 
and New Testament tell us plainly why not. God told the 
children of Israel time after time not to marry or associate with 
the nations around them, so they wouldn't be led astray. When 
they did marry outsiders, they were led astray, and God cast 
them off. 

Paul tells us here in II Cor. 6, "Be not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers, for what communion hath light with 
darkness?" Today people like to make gray areas. They say it's 
all right to marry children of other Christians who were raised in 
the church and, no doubt, believe in God. In Old Testament 
times that may have been the right answer, but I don't think that 
is what it is talking about under the New Covenant. We must 
now serve God from the heart to be Israelites. Another quote 
from Alexander Mack: "If an unmarried person marries, he 
commits no sin provided it occurs in the Lord Jesus and is 
performed in the true belief of Jesus Christ— that is, that they are 
one in true faith in Jesus Christ according to His 

To me it looks like there are three classes of people: those 
that aren't accountable, and of those that are accountable we 
have believers and unbelievers. Surely of these three classes of 
people there is only one class a Christian is permitted to marry, 


and it's not unbelievers or those not yet accountable. So how 
can we tell if someone is a true believer? First of all, we should 
pray and ask God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then 
look in His Word and see what it says on the subject. 

Jesus said in Matt. 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added 
unto you." He's speaking here of food and raiment, but no 
doubt the same would be true for any area of our lives. A true 
Christian will first seek the kingdom of God. 

Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized 
shall be saved. . ." So that is a gauge we have. If they truly 
believe, they will be baptized. So all we have to do is make 
sure whoever we date or marry has been baptized or is a 
member of the church, right? Wrong! Sad as it may be, there 
are church members who are not seeking first the kingdom of 
God. But God still doesn't leave us in the dark in making our 
choices. Jesus said in Matt. 7:20,21, "Wherefore by their fruits 
ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, 
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth 
the will of my Father which is in heaven." True, we must say, 
"Lord, Lord," but we must also do His will. The most obvious 
sign would be if they have been baptized and covenanted to live 
faithful to God till death. God does require His children to be 
baptized. He also requires them to be submissive to the rest of 
His will or Word. We find in Rom. 13:1,2 another gauge: "Let 
every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no 
power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the 
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to 
themselves damnation." Are they submissive to their parents, to 
their elders, to the fellowship of believers? If they are not, we 
can know they are resisting God, and if they don't repent, they 
shall receive to themselves damnation. And we don't want to 


have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but 
rather reprove them. Look in Gal. 5: 19-24 at the list of spiritual 
fruit and carnal fruit. Which fruit are their lives bearing? By 
their fruits ye shall know them. Again, just because someone is 
a church member, does not give the Christian license to be 
yoked to them. They must be seeking God first in their lives. 

That brings us to another angle. Some people claim one can 
marry an unbeliever to convert him. People point to I Cor. 
7:12-16 where it says if a husband or wife have an unbelieving 
partner, they should not put them away. Verses 16 and 17, 
"For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy 
husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt 
save thy wife? But as God hath distributed to every man, as the 
Lord hath called every one, so let him walk." It says here if 
anyone hath a partner that believeth not, they should not put 
him away. Paul is speaking to those already in this condition of 
an unequal yoke. Many times only one partner was converted. 
But in no way does that sanction entering into an unequal yoke. 
It says, "As the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk." 
As Christians, we shouldn't even want to enter into an unequal 
yoke. Our goals, desires, and attitudes should be different 
from those of unbelievers. We should be seeking first the 
kingdom of God. 

In I Cor. 7:39 it says that if a wife's husband dies, she may 
be married to whom she will, only in the Lord. People may say, 
"Yes, but that only applies to widows." I doubt that God has 
two laws; one for widows and one for people who were never 
married. Besides, it clearly supports II Cor. 6:14 where it says, 
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers." It's just 
that simple: be ye not— only in the Lord. 

We must remember we can't serve two masters. Either we 
serve God or mammon. We can't serve God and self There 
have been people who have married church members, and 
discovered, or maybe admitted, too late that they were serving 


something besides our Father in heaven. That surely isn't 
necessary. Christian courtship should be a time to learn to 
know each other spiritually and intellectually, never physically. 

We have not only people's word or talk to gauge by, we 
have their lives to observe. That's what really counts. What are 
we living for? To glorify God with and through our lives, or to 
glorify self? Not necessarily that that's all someone can think or 
talk about: "the Lord this, or the Lord that." It's more than 
saying, "Lord, Lord." We have to do (live) the will of the 
Father. How do people dress and talk? What do they think is 
humorous? The list could go on and on. Our lives show who 
our master is. If we enter into courtship sincerely, wanting 
God's will, not ours, in finding a partner, He will not let us 

Let's not think, "It will be different with me. I can marry 
whomsoever I will and it will turn our all right." For many 
people it has not. Solomon writes in Pro. 6:27, "Can a man 
take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?" 
Solomon himself, wise as he was, tried it and he got badly 
burned. Nehemiah writes about it in Neh. 13:25,26, "And I 
contended with them and made them swear by God, saying, Ye 
shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their 
daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon 
king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was 
there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God 
made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did 
outlandish women cause to sin." 

If Solomon, with all his wisdom, couldn't get by with 
disobedience in this area, how do we think we can? We can't! 
You might say, "I know someone, or maybe more than one, 
that tried it and survived." Possibly so. Praise the Lord for His 
longsuffering and grace. But my guess is that Solomon and the 
Israelites of Nehemiah's time could have pointed to some 
apparent success stories too. But how many more have not 


turned out well? Maybe the Lord accepted it because they were 
doing the best they knew. But let's never think we can disobey 
God's commands and get by. No amount of human 
rationalization is going to change the Word of God. 

How many present day Christians have married someone 
who was serving the god of this world or self and, like Israel of 
old, wound up following them? Paul writes in Gal. 6:7,8, "Be 
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh 
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the 
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." It doesn't seem 
like there is any place where this law holds out more clearly 
than in the area of marriage. 

God has laws for His people to live by, and they are for 
man's good and happiness; not just to see if man will obey them, 
not just to test us. The Word says, "Be not unequally yoked." 
Let's not try to find a way around that law. Let's obey God's 
laws from the heart and reap happiness now, and in the world to 
come, life everlasting. 

Neil Martin 

New Paris, Indiana 

This article on Christian marriage by Brother Neil Martin 
may seem unnecessary to some. But even though we may not 
have had this warning fifty years ago, in view of what is 
happening all around us, we need it today. Marriage only in 
the Lord is not only best, but is the Scriptural way. Some of 
our older members tell us that years ago many couples were 
married first and baptized later when they supposedly knew 
better what discipleship meant. This practice in our 
background possibly helps explain some of our current 
reactions. But with marriages crumbling in the world around 
us, it is well to be reminded of what it takes to have a union 
that endures for life. Nearly all young people plan to marry, 
but not all resolve to seek first the Kingdom of God. One 


brother commented, "If people are old enough to get married, 
they are old enough to know whether or not they want to serve 
the Lord. " Another brother said, "If you want to change your 
standards, raise them. " May all our young people weigh well 
the true values before taking that important step. — L.C. 


Of all the attributes of God, the analysis of His grace is one 
men frequently disagree on— from believing that grace has 
mystical powers to deliver us, to where it becomes a mute word 
that makes it powerless to reveal God's love and mercy 
extended to the human heart. 

The dictionary's definition of grace is mercy; pardon; an 
allowance of additional time to a debtor; the free unmerited 
favor and love of God. 

We believe the action word for grace is mercy, and the 
extended word is time. The human heart needs both to find 
God and to please Him. 

From the very beginning, after man fell in the garden, God 
revealed His grace. If He hadn't, Satan would have defeated 
God's purpose in creating the world and man, the image of His 
own likeness. We believe immediate death could have been the 
verdict. God, in valuing the worth of one soul, reveals the 
value of His grace. 

There was a time in human history when God was so 
disappointed in man that it repented Him that He had created 
them. His plans were to destroy them all by a flood that would 
drown everyone. But there was a man that found grace in the 
eyes of the Lord. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 
He was a just man and perfect in his generation, and he walked 
with God. This incident creates an established adornment of 
God's grace and man's survival in it. Every living soul that is 


alive today is here because of the faithfulness of one man that 
was found in God's grace. ( Gen. 6:8) 

The history of man reveals an instinct that proves their 
ability to relate to grace when they feel their helplessness in 
their defence to those that have power over them, like Jacob 
and Esau. (Gen. 33:8) 

When Moses was uncertain of God's assurance of His grace, 
he confronted God, "Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have 
found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may 
know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that 
this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go 
with thee, and I will give thee rest." Moses still in question, 
asked, "I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will 
make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the 
name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I 
will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew 
mercy." (Ex. 33:13,14,18,19) 

The questions Moses asked are still questions that are being 
asked regarding grace. First of all, it is only through faith that 
we can relate to grace. Therefore our questions about grace 
can only be known, seen, and experienced through faith. It is 
only through the window of faith that we see the glory of the 
Lord and His goodness. 

Grace received can never be earned, either from God or our 
fellowman. When we have a need that we of ourselves cannot 
supply—and this is the lot of all men-the source then becomes a 
delight and joy to us. This is what binds us to God and one 
another; in this we see the glory of the Lord. 

Man, in his efforts to make a better world by science and 
technology, is failing. Although it blesses our physical 
environment, it is not making a better world. 

There is one thing that is getting better. That is the man 
that has responded to the grace of God in truth. He is the light 
of the world and is as a shining light that becomes brighter 


and brighter unto the perfect day. (Pro, 4:18) Therefore it 
would be unthinkable that the blessings of God's grace could be 
experienced outside of His holiness and goodness. 

Grace and truth are companions. This is the testimony of 
Jesus Christ. Only when our focus is on this combination can 
we truly see Jesus and experience, in present tense, His glory 
and goodness that is passing by. Only in God's grace can we 
attain peace and godliness that gives us vision to see the Lord. 

This then becomes a process of growth; our present state of 
knowledge and holiness is not sufficient for tomorrow. 
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus 
minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall 
reveal even this unto you." (Phil. 3:13-15) 

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. 
Amen." (II Pet. 3:18) 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


October 17 Zachary Royer of Elkhart, Indiana 
May the Holy Spirit guide him as he joins the family of God. 

YODER-FOSTER Timothy Yoder and Serena Foster were 
united in marriage on November 6 at Nappanee, Indiana. 

New address: 22962 S.R. 119, Goshen, IN 46526 
(219) 534-5705 

Kendall Moser's phone number: (219) 875-4433) 



Blue Boy Invites Company 

"Goodbye! Come on in! Hello! Hello?" Katy giggled as 
Sarah Beth's little blue parakeet strutted importantly along his 
perch, then swung upside down, chattering his welcome to the 
girls who had just come in from the garden. Katy was visiting 
Sarah Beth for a week, and they had been picking beans. 

Suddenly they realized there was someone else in the house. 
An elderly woman was stumbling toward the front door, her 
eyes wide and startled as she glanced back at the girls. 

"Mommy!" yelled Sarah Beth as she fled out the back door. 
Katy began to follow, but another cheery "Come on in!" from 
Blue Boy stopped her. She looked back at the woman, who 
had stopped and was leaning on her cane, a look of embarrassed 
confusion on her face. 

"I'm sorry! I thought. . . Someone said 'Come in' and I 
didn't know. . ." The woman's hand flew to her cheek. "I'm 

Katy couldn't help but giggle again. "Blue Boy, you're a 
naughty bird!" she scolded. 

"Hello?" replied Blue Boy, bobbing with delight at the 
attention. "Come on in!" 

"You thought he was a person?" Katy asked. 

"Well, yes. I was walking by, and he said to come in, and 
so I . . ." Suddenly she was crying. "Maybe my son is right to 
put me into a nursing home! I'm moving there tomorrow. I 
was just taking one last walk around my neighborhood. I'll miss 
it so much!" 

"I'll walk with you! May I, please?" she asked Sarah Beth's 
mama, who had come in while they were talking. 

"Me, too?" added Sarah Beth, embarrassed at her fright. 

The girls had a wonderful time. Their new friend told them 
many interesting stories as they walked, and showed them the 
little home she was leaving. She gave them each a little deep- 
blue glass bird, and took a third one she had to the nursing 
home to remind her of Blue Boy and the girls. 

The girls didn't realize how much their walk with her meant 
to her until they visited her at the nursing home, and she 
introduced them to others as "Those kind little girls I've been 
telling you about— the ones with the friendly parakeet!" 

Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

And I have also established my covenant with them, to 
give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, 
wherein they were strangers. (Exodus 6:4) 

For Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Canaan was a land they 
traveled through but did not own. But it was a good land. Let 
us too, as pilgrims and strangers, be thankful for a good land to 
travel through on our way to heaven. --L.C. 





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VOL. 46 DECEMBER. 1999 : No. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 11 


All praise to Thee, eternal Lord, 
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood; 
Choosing a manger for Thy throne, 
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone. 

Once did the skies before Thee bow; 
A virgin's arms contain Thee now; 
Angels, who did in Thee rejoice, 
Now listen for Thine infant voice. 

A little child, Thou art our guest, 
That weary ones in Thee may rest; 
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth 
That we may rise to heaven from earth. 

Thou comest in the darksome night 

To make us children of the light, 

To make us in the realms divine 

Like Thine own angels, 'round Thee shine. 

All this for us Thy love hath done; 
By this to Thee our love is won; 
For this we tune our cheerful lays 
And shout our thanks in ceaseless praise. 

By Martin Luther 

Selected by Sarah Martin 

from The One Year Book of Hymns 

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To read the history of Israel and Judah is not pleasant. And 
yet it is so typical of humanity that we need to read it to see 
ourselves and to profit from it. Following the judges, serving 
the kings, chafing under captivity—in all conditions they failed. 
They were unwilling and even unable to perfectly keep the law 
of God. The overall picture simply shows the plight of 
humanity. The fall of Adam was being proven over and over. 
Here we are— 6000 years later— and human nature hasn't 

If we had a son who turned against us, we would do all in 
our power to change that. We would hope and pray and 
sacrifice to bring him back. But parents are helpless to redirect 
a wayward son. We are not creators. We ourselves need 

But God is not helpless. He saw His rebellious creatures 
and moved to make a change. God could destroy them in a 
flood. He could desert them in battle. He could send them 
famines and diseases. But all these could only punish— not 
redeem. God promised redemption through the Redeemer. 

Although we have heard this many times, we still marvel 
that it could be— that God could come in the flesh like om of 
His creatures— that He could Himself suffer the penalty of the 
disobedience that brought God's judgement. The beautiful story 
of the birth of the Saviour in Bethlehem is shadowed by the 

"... Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost and 
prophesied saying (in part) . . . And thou, child, shalt be called 
the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of 
the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation 


unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the 
tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high 
hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in 
the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." 

This prophecy was spoken of Zacharias's son, John the 
Baptist, but it told of salvation that John would only introduce. 
When Jesus came, John said, "Behold the Lamb of God which 
taketh away the sin of the world." 

Dayspring means daybreak. A new day was coming— a day 
of God's tender mercy, of salvation and remission of sins, of 
light in darkness and death, and of peace. Truly, God is not 
helpless. These are what man in his sinful nature needs. 

A beautiful day is dawning as I write. Daytime is when we 
have light and can do our work. Psalm 30:5 says, ". . .weeping 
may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." This 
new day was to be a day of joy and victory over the nature of 
man. The angel to the shepherds announced, "Fear not: for, 
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to 
all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a 
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." 

Do you get discouraged with the old nature? I do. We are 
living in a new day when God offers us a new nature—the divine 
nature, even while we are still in the body. But the old man 
must be crucified, and we must be born anew. Paul writes, 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 

The new life in Christ is not a reformation, not a patch-up 
job, not an overhaul of the worn-out engine-it is a new birth. 
The new man has joy in good things. He has victory over 
temptation through the enabling grace of God. God's mercy is 
on him, and the Holy Ghost is within. Our part is to believe the 
record God gave of His Son and to yield our lives to His 


We are not redeemers, but Jesus is, and our bodies and very 
lives should be offered to God in such a way that we could 
glorify Him and benefit our brethren whether it be by life or 
death, pain or pleasure, joy or sorrow. 

In the midst of the activity the world makes of this season, 
may we find the joy and peace of deliverance from our old 
nature and radiate the light of the new day to those around us. 
Christ has redeemed us once for all. — L.C. 


The story of our Saviour's birth has for good reason 
captured human minds for centuries—and especially the minds 
of children and childlike hearts. The lowly story with all its 
warmth, hope, and miraculous workings of God (that were 
promised long ago and anxiously waited on) speak of something 
deeper than the shallowness (so characteristic now) or any other 
thing that only ends in fruitless despair and emptiness. The 
lowliness of the Saviour, and the simple, childlike faith that 
accepts its miraculous wonder, produces a special calm, 
joyfulness, peace, and togetherness so much that this season is a 
testimony to the truth that God's grace has appeared to all 
mankind. In the Saviour, the holy, pure, Promised One, all men 
are blessed. (Titus 2:11) 

It has been said that he who wants to be born of God must 
be mindful of how Christ's birth took place. And again-the 
Holy Spirit is like water which seeks the lowest place. The 
humble are the honored of God. Mary, one of the most 
honored women in history, was pure and humble and used in a 
mighty way. In her humility she was abandoned to God's will. 
And many examples can be given. But the story of the Son of 
God becoming one of us is special! He became subject to like 


passions, shared in our sorrows, and gave His life to teach us 
poor mortals the infinite depths and truths of God (that we had 
so horribly corrupted) and redeem us so we could live this new 
life. What patience; what kindness; ultimate humility! (Heb. 

We are exhorted to let this become our mind. (Phil. 2:5-8) 
And it is to those who humble themselves that He comes today. 
To those completely given to Him, He shows His favor. This 
total humility, renunciation of self and possessions, 
(wholeheartedly too!) love for the world's blinded citizens but 
sickness at its evils, produces a simple, childlike faith, utter 
reliance, and trust in the Heavenly Father. (Matt. 5:25-34; 40; 
Luke 4: 1 8, 1 9 and many, many more.) 

Childlikeness is characterized by simplicity and faith. There 
is full reliance on the Heavenly Father and His love. No worry, 
no anxious care for worldly matters trouble the childlike heart. 
There is complete confidence that His love and power well 
prevail over all else and can break upon us any moment! 

Childlikeness is a spirit of wonder. It is the spirit of the 
shepherds, rejoicing in the miracle proclaimed to them, hurrying 
to Bethlehem to greet the newborn Messiah. It is seen in the 
men from the East who simply believed God works in nature so 
much that they acted upon their knowledge and set out on a 
long journey. Just think of it! These men were real observers 
and even knew meanings in the stars. When we humble 
ourselves as little children as Christ taught, then this true 
childlikeness is ours in the Holy Ghost. Matthew Stach, a 
Moravian brother writing from Greenland in 1733, said it well: 
"We are willing to venture on Him our lives and all we have!" 

A story is told of two beggars, one crippled, the other blind. 
Their bitterness only worsened them. But in the service on 
Christmas Eve (which they helped each other get to) where they 


listened to a sermon by Francis of Assissi, they found that 
Christ, love incarnate, is found in brotherly togetherness. 

Lowliness and childlikeness produce joyfulness and 
peacefiilness and unite it into something Christian hearts 
overflow with: togetherness. It all goes together beautifully. 
The lonely torch is no longer alone. Now it blazes joyfully in 
glorious light with other torches, creating one brilliant glow. 
The Spirit, as in Acts 2:4, is poured out, and the believers can 
do no other than continue in one accord with gladness and 
singleness of heart serving their one Lord! The simple- 
mindedness to follow Jesus is so strong they share all from an 
overflowing heart. They can do nothing else. They have beaten 
their swords to ploughshares, their spears to pruninghooks, 
(Micah 4:3) The wolf and the lamb dwell together, and the lion 
eats straw like an ox. (Isa. 11:6-10) This rest is glorious! The 
message of the angels has become reality in their lives. This gift 
from heaven is reality to those who know Jesus. 

There are so many prophecies of Christ and the Church that 
could thrill our minds, but hopefully this has been enough to 
stimulate our minds to think of those good things that make this 
season so full of wonder, expectation, and joy. The humility of 
the Saviour must, in a childlike simplicity, become our mind and 
then the joy and peace in togetherness will be ours in the Holy 

With the message of the angels, "Glory to God in the 
highest and on earth peace, goodwill to men," we greet you in 
the name of Him who Zacharias foretold would forgive our sins 
and light our path and guide us in the way of peace (Luke 68- 
79), the first and last, the bright and morning star, the long- 
awaited Promised One! 

Michael Harris 
Goshen, Indiana 



A Challenging Thought -Michael Harris Oct 
A Crown for Your Husband 

-Sel. by Thomas and Sharon Miller Jun Jul Aug 

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God -Adapted by Jean Martin Oct 

A Time to Keep Silence. . . -James and Betty Beery Feb 

Amazing Grace -David Cover May 

Andale P'alla -Bart Taylor Jan 
Angels from the Realms of Glory -Adapted by Jean Martin Dec 

Blessed Redeemer -L.C. Dec 

Change -Ron Cable Jan Feb 

Follow Jesus -L.C. Feb 

Henry Kurtz, Pioneer Brethren Publisher -Sel. Sep 

His Eye Is on the Sparrow -Sel. by Ken Johnson Apr 

Hoeing Weeds -L.C. Jul 
How the Yearly Meetings Were Held -Elder Henry Kurtz May 
Humbleness, Childlikeness, and Togetherness -Michael Harris Dec 

If Ye Continue in My Word -Ron Cable Oct 

In Touch with Our Saviour -L.C. Sep 

Jesus' Love in His Disciples -L.C. Aug 

Lack of Compassion Ends in Tragedy -CAM Newsletter Apr 

Lessons from Job -L.C. Oct 

Marriage in the Lord -Neil Martin Nov 

Mother -L.C. May 

New Year's Thoughts -L.C. Jan 

Questions and Answers -James and Betty Beery Mar 

Responsibility: To Whom Do You Belong? -L.C. Mar 

Shepherd of Tender Youth -Adapted by Jean Martin Aug 

Sleep on Now -L.C. Apr 

So Very Dependent -L.C. Jun 

Thanksgiving -L.C. Nov 

Thanksgiving Day -Sel. by Joseph E. Wagner Nov 

The Birth of Christ -Sel by Joseph E. Wagner Dec 

The Spirit of the Risen Lord -Sel, by Michael Harris Apr 

Wants and Desires~or Needs -John L. Beery May 


A Father's Prayer -Lloyd Wagner Aug 

A Prayer for Healing -Lloyd Wagner Oct 
All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord -Sel. by Sarah Martin Dec 

Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know -Sel. Jul 
Come See the Place Where the Lord Lay -J. I. Cover Apr 

Erasers -Sel. Jun 

Everything -Julie Wemken Mar 

Fear Not -L.C. Jan 

Fitting Supply -Sel. by Murray Brillinger Mar 

For Me -Miriam Sauder Apr 

God, Our Refuge -Sel Jan 
Good Deeds -Sel. from Aunt Bertie's collection Aug 

Has Calamity Assailed Us? -L.C. Oct 

He Who Would Valiant Be -Sel. Mar 

If We Could See Beyond Today -Sel. Oct 

John Wesley's Rule -Sel. Aug 

My Brother -Guy Hootman Aug 

Our Refuge and Our Strength -Jennifer Brandt Jul 

Pentecost -Sel. May 

Pilgrimage -Sel. by Michael Harris Aug 

Praise -L.C. Nov 

Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty -Sel. Jun 

Suffer the Children to Come -Sel. Feb 

Teach Me to Pray -Sel, Sep 

Thanksgiving -Sel. Nov 
The Church Walking with the World 

-Sel. by Karen Johnson Sep 

The Pilgrim's Farewell -Hymn 357 Sep 

Treasures in Heaven -James Beery May 

Who Plants a Seed -Sel. May 

Witness for Jesus -Rlioda Royer Feb 

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD -Kenneth Martin 

God's Goodness 


God's Grace 


God's Judgement 


God's Kingdom 


God's Love 


God's Mercy 


God's Plan 


God's Sovereignty 


God's Witness 


God's Word Spoken 


God's Wrath 



Crucified and Resurrected -Jennifer Brandt Jan 

Scattered Peas -Martha Wagner Feb 

What Would Jesus Do? -Regina Bayer Mar 

The Measuring Rod of God -James and Betty Beery Apr 

Tame the Tongue -Shirley L. Frick May 

Power of the Word of God -James and Betty Beery Jun 

There Is No Fear in Love -Linda Frick Jul 

Power of Prayer -James and Betty Beery Aug 
The Power of a Surrendered Life -James and Betty Beery Sep 


At Church -Linda Frick Jan 

What a Little Boy Can Do -Linda Frick Feb 

Joseph's Dream -Linda Frick Mar 

Window Washing -Linda Frick Apr 

This, Too, Shall Pass Away -Linda Frick May 

The Lizard's Tail -Linda Frick Jun 

Katy Be Kind -Martha Wagner Jul 

Loving the Unlovely -Martha Wagner Aug 

Katy, Be Kind to Kitty -Martha Wagner Sep 

Be Kind Even to Pests -Martha Wagner Oct 

Blue Boy Invites Company -Martha Wagner Nov 

More Dreams for Joseph -Linda Frick Dec 

Larry and Liana Cable Jan25 

The Wakarusa Old Brethren Meeting House -Harold Royer Jan 
The Salida Church House -Joseph Wagner Feb 

The MiWuk Church -L. C. Mar 

Special Dedication of the MiWuk Church -Marvin Crawmer Mar 


Justin, Rosanna, and Heidi Bowser 

Jun 6 

Melanie and Sharen Royer 

Jun 13 

Galen, Becky, Laura, and Abigail Miller 

Aug 1 

Anna Cover 

Sep 11 

Timothy Yoder 

Sep 26 

Zachary Royer 

Oct 17 

Daniel Cover 

Nov 21 


Abigail Marcie Crowley 

Dec 18, 


Samantha Arlene Cable 

Jan 13 

Jack Ryan Golding 

Jan 15 

Rozella Grace Arline Savage 

Feb 5 

Melody Joy Brown 

Feb 17 

Luke Daniel Cable 

Feb 20 

Gilbert James Royer 

Feb 25 

Lana Justine Martin 


Eli Eugene Huffman 


Joshua Kendall Wagner 

Mar 26 

Adopted Apr 13 

Greta Brooke Martin 

Apr 7 

Brianna Janelle Brubaker 

Apr 17 

Ashlynn Joy Royer 

May 9 

Johanna Elisabeth Harris 

Jun 10 

Jessica Brook Beery 


Cheyenne Chase Morgan Cover Oct 3, 

1997 Adopted Jun 27, 1999 

Mark Eldon Cable 

Aug 3 

Todd Andrew Martin 

Nov 27 

Simon Stalter and Abigail Royer May 15 

Timothy Yoder and Serena Foster Nov 6 

Pauline Elizabeth (Mason) Flora Dec 9, 1998 



Angels, from the Realms of Glory 

James Montgomery was born in Scotland in 1771 . When he 
was six years old, both of his parents died. At twelve he failed 
in school, and at sixteen he was roaming the streets of England 
trying to sell his verse. 

Wandering to Sheffield, the young poet was given a job on 
the weekly newspaper, the Sheffield Register. His hands were 
hardly soiled with printer's ink when the publisher became 
involved in political difficulties and fled to America. James 
Montgomery fell heir to the Sheffield Register, He made the 
periodical a respected organ throughout England. Respected, 
that is, by all but government officials. James was imprisoned 
twice for his controversial editorials. 

Other than Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, probably no 
writer has contributed more to the development of Christian 
hymns than this unique journalist who championed the cause of 
the poor and downtrodden, as well as foreign missions. 

On December 24, 1816, he ran this poem in his newspaper 
column: Angels, from the realms of glory, 

Wing your flight o'er all the earth; 
Ye who sang creation's story, 
Now proclaim Messiah's birth: 
Come and worship; come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the newborn King! 

Henry Smart had grown up in an atmosphere of music at his 
father's organ-building business. He composed the tune 
"Lancashire" to which the hymns "Lead On, O King Eternal" 
and "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" are sung, among many 
other compositions. But he impaired his eyesight by overwork. 

Totally blind at fifty-two, Smart composed a tune he called 
"Regent Square" while his daughter put the notes on paper. 


When the tune was set to James Montgomery's poem, it became 
one of the foremost of Christmas carols. 

Jean Martin Nappanee, Indiana 

Information from A Hymn Is Born by Clint Bonner, 1959 Broadman Press. Used by permission. 
The One Year Book of Hymns, Compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton (c) 
1995. Devotions written by William J. Peterson. Used by permission of Tyndale House 
Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 


With a spiritual eye, we may discover something very 
beautiful and instructing in the circumstances connected with 
the birth of our Saviour. Who would have supposed that the 
Son of the Highest, who dwelt in the bosom of the great I AM, 
and surrounded with the numerous host of heaven, would have 
left His blissful abode in the heavenly world and made His 
appearance upon the earth in as little and humble a manner as 
He did? Yet so it was, but not without some instruction to 
those who would become His followers. 

Oh, ye proud and high minded, who would seek the 
Saviour, look not for Him in high places, neither in popular 
societies, but go ye and find Him among the meek and humble. 
Follow not the examples of "wise men" while led by their own 

But keep the "star" in view, 
And find the Saviour too. 
Go whither the star would lead you; go whither the gospel 
directs you, and you shall not be disappointed in your spiritual 

Come brethren and neighbors and all who desire, 
Come all who the Saviour do greatly admire; 
Rejoice at the birth of your heaven-born King, 
Who grace and salvation to sinners doth bring. 
Samuel Kinsey, 1865, from Pious Companion 
Selected by Joseph E. Wagner 



God, in creating life in His own image, has instilled in it an 
emotional attribute that is defined as love. It is a force in every 
living>soul which creates a desire to physically maintain life. In 
the rights of self and in its defence, if it were possible, it would 
eliminate every threat to its physical desires and existence. This 
compulsion to protect self is evidence of the fear of death and 
the bondage it holds its subjects in. (Heb. 2:15) 

This love affair man has with himself is a bondage man 
cannot be freed from in his own strength. It is the root problem 
that separates man from God and one another. It keeps man in 
a continual struggle for justice and fairness, has nothing to offer 
but criticism, is unable to see good in others, delights in 
separating relationships that withstand its position, claiming to 
preserve the faith. 

This obsession man has with himself is a result of the fall of 
man in Eden. But God, in His great love for us, has made a 
way for deliverance. But not until we see ourselves in this filth 
of self can we relate to God's love that is able to deliver us. 

God, in proving to man His ability to deliver us from self 
love, became as one of us; in a picture of self-denial He sent His 
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth. In Himself He had all 
authority, power, dominion, and might, was co-creator of the 
universe, and could have called twelve legions of angels to His 
aid. But His love for us was stronger than His love for Himself. 

When Jesus began to vindicate Himself through miraculous 
powers, this brought Him honor and fame from the multitudes. 
These powers revealed are now what makes all men 
accountable to who He is. 

When He began to reveal the purpose of His mission and 
that the human heart is sick and that not until the heart desires 
to serve and bless others at the expense of self, has it won 


victoiy over self; this is the mind of Christ and the joy of the 
Lord experienced. 

To overcome self love is a salvation requirement. "If any 
man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, 
and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life 
also, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26) 

"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or 
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for 
my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall 
inherit everlasting life " (Matt. 19:29) 

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever 
shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall 
save it. (Mark 8:35) 

The great Physician observes the human heart and has 
diagnosed its problem, and prescribed the remedy and dispensed 
it freely. Now if we take it as prescribed, we have the 
assurance of victory over self and the "sin that does so easily 
beset us." 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


November 21 Daniel Cover of Tuolumne, California 

May the blessing of God be over the life of this young brother. 

MARTIN - A son, Todd Andrew, born November 27, to 
Andrew and Maria Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 


Glenn Wells (601)785-9515 



More Dreams for Joseph 

The little boy Joseph who lives today was having more 
dreams. He was becoming troubled about why he was having 
all these dreams. 

One morning he was telling Mother the dream he'd had in 
the night. "1 was walking around outside and an angel was 
walking with me. We walked around the house, but it really 
wasn't like our house. Then suddenly the angel went up to 
heaven," he related. 

"What does this mean? Why am I dreaming like this?" he 
asked in a worried voice. 

Mother wondered, too, why her son was having so many 
dreams of this kind. She answered Joseph, "God wants you to 
know that He is with you, and His angels are watching over 
you. That's a comfortable feeling." 

Satisfied for the moment, Joseph ate his bowl of cereal and 
brushed his teeth. A few minutes later, he peacefully boarded 
the school bus for another happy day of learning his school 

The Joseph in the Bible had dreams, too. When he told 
some of them to his brothers, they became more angry witli him 
than they had been before, and very jealous as well, because the 
dreams indicated that this younger brother of theirs would rule 
over them some day. God worked things out so that this very 
anger and jealousy was what got Joseph into Egypt where he 
eventually was the ruler over everyone in the land, including his 

Sometimes God uses dreams to prepare people for the work 
He wants them to do, or to give them an inkling of what will 
happen in the future. In today's Joseph's case, we will have to 



wait and see how the Lord chooses to work in his life and what 

his dreams mean. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Thanks so much for the love and support that you all have 
shown for our family. We pray that the Lord will grant each 
and every one a special blessing for the kindness you have 

In Christian love, 

Joe, Laura, and Craig Cover 


Pilgrim, look up; you are called to the sky, 
Called to meet Jesus in heaven by and by. 
Lift up your head and strengthen you knees; 
You know that your Father each temptation sees. 



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